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A sometimes over touristed area but nevertheless worth a visit! Impressive scenery throughout

Malham Cove Catrigg Force

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Also see Wharfedale Walk 10 - Arncliffe to Malham Tarn  - 12 miles

Map reading is essential for these walks. The  relevant map is OS Outdoor Leisure 2 Southern & Western areas (double sided map)

Victoria Cave Gordale Scar
Malham Cove Above Malham Cove

Information: Equipment: All walks have significant exposure even in Summer. Full equipment including boots, waterproofs, map and compass would be advisable

Maps: Ordnance Survey Outdoor Leisure 2 -Yorkshire Dales- Southern and Western Areas 1:25,000

Travel Information:

Train services - Normal morning (Mon -Sat) departure is the Leeds 0849 and 0900 (Sunday). There are various return services to Skipton, Gargrave, Hellifield, Long Preston, Settle and Gigglewick. Leeds-Settle-Carlisle timetable - National Rail enquiries Tel 08457 484950

Settle Carlisle Partnership a useful website run by the Settle Carlisle Development Company. Also, the Friends of the Settle and Carlisle Line have their own website. This cover the historical facts as well as other useful information on guided walks etc. The Friends of the Settle Carlisle Line have two shops located on Settle and Appleby Stations.

Buses:-There are several useful bus services serving Settle. See for service updates.

  • Service no 75 runs Skipton - Malham on Saturdays [Kirkby Lonsdale Coach Hire]
  • DalesBus service No 884 runs Ilkley to Skipton on Sundays and extends to Malham in Summer
  • Service No 580 runs Monday to Saturday from Skipton to Settle via Gargrave [Kirkby Lonsdale Coach Hire]
  • Service No 581 runs Monday to Saturday from Settle, Austwick, Clapham to Kirkby Lonsdale and Lancaster [Kirkby Lonsdale Coach Hire] including Summer Sundays
  • DalesBus service No 881 runs Lancaster - Slaidburn - Settle - Malham Tarn - Malham on summer Sundays
  • A council run minibus service No 210/211 runs between Skipton - Gargrave and Malham on Monday to Fridays - note that this has limited capacity
  • A council run minibus service No 11 runs between Horton - Helwith Bridge - Settle - Tosside on Monday to Fridays - note that this has limited capacity

See for further details of bus services. Additional services run in the summer months

Weather: The weather forecast and current weather conditions (including cloud level) can be obtained from Metcheck which gives the forecast and current conditions for the nearby Whernside range of hills. Also see Ribblehead weather station up to the minute status of the local weather at nearby Ribblehead. Another useful forecast service for the Yorkshire Dales is provided by the Met Office

DalesBus 881 Malham Tarn Shuttle ascends the hill at Langcliffe
DalesBus 884 service awaiting departure from Malham

Important note:- Whilst the author has taken every care in assembling the information on this site, no responsibility can be accepted for any error or omission herein. If in any doubt walkers should consult the relevant OS map.

This page was last updated on 04-Sep-2021

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