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Malham is a delightful Dales village to visit on a cottage holiday. The village nestles beneath the vast amphitheatre of Malham Cove, a massive slab of limestone pavement at its summit. In a pretty setting, strung out along a babbling river, the village swells with walkers, cyclists and tourists during weekends throughout the year.
There are several tea rooms and cafes, a couple of good pubs and a post office, along with neighbouring hill farms, set amid superb scenery embellished with the criss-cross pattern of traditional dry stone walls. Visitors head for the cove, a stunning natural limestone amphitheatre rising up from a wooded glen and river. A circular route from Malham, around the cove and up onto the limestone pavement and the hills above allows the visitor to take in the whole of this splendid area, with stunning views over Malham and the surrounding Dales. If you holiday in the spring or early summer, the peregrine falcons which nest at Malham are not to be missed.
Nearby, Gordale Scar is another natural wonder; a vast gorge carved deep into the rock. This can be reached on foot from Malham, a lovely walk through a woodland glen, taking in the pretty waterfall and pool known as Janet’s Foss, en route. Those keen on fishing can obtain permits for Malham Tarn, the highest freshwater lake in the country, whilst mountain bikers will find plenty of trails and bridleways to explore.
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