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Malham Circular Walk is a 6.6 mile loop trail located near Malham, North Yorkshire, England that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching.

Length 6.6 mi Elevation gain 1,207 ft Route type Loop

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

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Waterfall

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This is the classic Malham round for anyone not familiar with the area. Janet's Foss - Foss is an old Scandinavian word for a waterfall. According to legend, Janet queen of the local fairies, lives in a cave behind the waterfall. Gordale Scar is the most awe-inspiring place in the Yorkshire Dales with its overhanging rocks and waterfalls.It was formed when hue amounts of water from melting glaciers scoured away the rocks. The water that pours out of the scar is full of lime and is deposited on the rocks as brown spongy tufa. The upper waterfall spills in spectacular fashion through a circular hole. Malham Tarn House is a field study centre and is owned by the National Trust but is not open to the public. It was built by Lord Ribblesdale as a shooting lodge. It was here that Charles Kingsley drew inspiration for 'The Water Babies'. Malham Cove has been a wonder of the Yorkshire Dales since people first starting visiting. At its base the water that seeps out is NOT that from Malham Tarn which disappears at 'Water Sinks'! falcons have also been seen in the area.

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Laura Vincent
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Absolutely amazing hike - one of the best I’ve ever been on. The landscape is phenomenal. I definitely recommend doing the walk in this direction as you see all the 3 main sights in the best way. Things to be aware of: the steps down at Malham Cove are many and steep, and the first part of the scramble up the waterfall at Gordale Scar is a little sketchy, and not doable with dogs, but is well worth the effort. I hiked it on a hot, sunny Sunday and it was very busy. If you don’t like too many people then maybe try to go on a weekday.

Jim Mileham
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Hiking

fairly local for us, very good easy hike. Downside is it is VERY popular, if you are looking for a fairly quiet setting avoid on a clear day.

Karl Rhodes
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Hiking

Malham, Yorkshire Dales Lovely walk and views!! if you can't get up the scar then go down from the top, well worth it.

P A J.
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HikingScramble

Great walk but had to divert around Gordale Scar, which added a little distance circa 8.4m total.

Victoria Gilbody
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awesome

Atiya Alam-Jones
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No wonder this walk has been voted 3rd best hikes in Great Britain. Absolutely amazing!

Alex Thompson
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This is a walk of varying levels of difficulty which an individual can select. Stunning rock formations & a a great water fall crevice. If you descend or ascend the waterfall this does require a little physical skill, but worth it.

Martin Hill
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One of my favourite hikes. Worth checking the water flow before tackling the waterfall at Gordale Scar. Not for the faint hearted.

Robert B.
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Hiking

I was still getting a buzz 2 days after doing it , it is a marvellous route to walk

Yuan Ren
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Jessica Savage-Hix
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Gavinder Khaira
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Chris Duckett
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Jack Campbell
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Derrick Page
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uniclic W
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Rachael S.
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Helen Dunning
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Kristin Rowe
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Steven Allonby
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Aivars Rube
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Laura Bradley
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Haroon Mushtaq
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