Beautiful waterfall walk, very busy in holidays/weekends
PARKING-National Park Centre, Malham, Skipton BD23 4DG
MILES- 5 APPROX BUT VARIOUS OPTIONS TO EXPLORE MORE
FACILITIES- TOILETS AND VISITOR CENTRE, PLUS CAFE AND PUB
TERRAIN-RUGGED IN PLACES ACROSS MALHAM COVE, FARMERS LAND, AND GOOD PATHS.
The walk starts in the village and follows Malham beck where you cross via a bridge facing the cafe in the village, turn right over the bridge and follow the path, its easy to follow and leads into the forest ( sometimes cattle in the field you pass)
Once in the forest the path gets a little wet/ muddy and rocky in some sections, but its great for finding wildlife and flowers, or stopping for a paddle in the stream, before you come to Janet's Foss.
From here you follow the path past the waterfall, there is one rocky section so care needed, before you come to a road. Turn right and follow the road, often there is a van parked up selling ice cream and drinks with some seats.
The path to Gordale scar in on your right just after the van, its a good level path to the scar. Some go direct up the scar but its always been too wet when we have visited, so we never chance it with it being hands on rock climbing to the top, it is very steep.
We retrace our steps back to the gate, then you will see another gate on your right that takes you up a grassy hill to begin the walk to the top of Malham cove, there is sign posts throughout, but beware in wet weather these limestone rocks are dangerous, options to walk round them on grass area.
Stop and admire the views down to the village before the climb down approx 400 steps to the bottom of Malham cove.
You then follow a clear path directly back to the village, beware if you take dogs there is often cows in this area.