Malham Tarn Estate
This beautiful spot in the Yorkshire Dales is perfect for a safe cycle or walk. It is run by the National Trust and consists of a beautiful glacial lake, limestone pavements, upland hill farms and flower-rich hay meadows. There are also delightful waterside paths along the tarn and a National Nature Reserve with a bird hide and rare plants.
For cyclists there is a nice, easy family cycle trail and more challenging routes for mountain bikers. There are different routes for walkers with a stroll along the shores of Malham Tarn, through the National Nature Reserve and across the fields a favourite.
The Settle Loop circular trail passes close to the estate so you could follow the route from the town to the estate. Alternatively there is a good sized car park just south of the tarn.
The Pennine Way passes through the estate so you could pick up the trail to extend your walking in the area. If you head south you can visit the nearby Malham Cove. The site includes a hugely impressive curved cliff formation of limestone rock.
Climbing north along the Pennine Way will take you to Fountains Fell and Fountains Fell Tarn with magnificent views over the area.
PostcodeBD23 4DJ - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
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Malham Tarn Estate Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
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Further Information and Other Local Ideas
The estate can also be reached on the Mastiles Lane from Kilnsey. This old Roman Road is an interesting way to reach the site, passing an old Roman settlement on the way.
Head west and you could Settle Caves and Waterfalls Walk and visit the splendid Catrigg Force and Scaleber Force waterfalls.
On the other side of the River Ribble you'll also find the nearby village of Giggleswick. Here you could pick up the circular Giggleswick Walk and enjoy a climb to the excellent viewpoints on Giggleswick Scar.
Just to the east there's some nice trails around Winterburn Reservoir. The reservoir is a little of the beaten track so a nice place for a peaceful walk.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Yorkshire Dales Walks page.