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CragFace Malham Village - Janet's Fosse - Gordale Scar - Cove Walk

  Distance: 3½ miles : 5.6 km (plus 1 mile optional / essential visit to Gordale Scar)  


2 hours


703 feet : 215 metres


Mildly Exerting


Stunning. Exhilarating.

Start Location:

Start at Malham National Park car park. Or SD 900627


O.S. Landranger 1:50000 sheet 98O.S.
Outdoor Leisure 1:25000 sheet 2 or 41

Bus Service:

Buses to Malham are rather limited on weekdays, but there are convenient links from Skipton on Saturdays, and from Settle on Summer Saturdays and Sundays. See or use the Post Office Delivery Van if you can get a seat.

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This walk was Complied by Cragface.
All Words, Photography, etc. are by the man himself.


Wherever you park, make your way towards the centre of Malham. Almost opposite the Buck Inn at Malham you will find the small local Blacksmith shop. Just to the right of the building, there's a Clapper Bridge. Grid Ref: 900627. Go over this and turn right.


Follow the sign to Janet's Foss (1¼ miles).


Go through two gates, keeping
Gordale Beck on your right hand side
At a kissing gate Grid Ref. 902624 turn left and follow the sign for Janet's Foss.


Go past a small barn on your right (Mires Barn) and through another kissing gate. You then encounter a Double then a Single kissing gate. Go past a rather interesting tree on your right, which appears to have its' roots on stilts.


Another small gate, with the stream still on your right, and pass through yet another gate.
Look out for the National Trust sign for Janet's Foss Malham Tarn Estate


Follow the path through the wood to the waterfall, and it's interesting History Board.
Grid Ref: 912633

Watch the GrassingtonWeb Video - Janet's Fosse


Taking the path that leads up and away to the left of the waterfall, in a north easterly direction, you soon pass by some decorative shepherds' walking sticks on your right and onto the road.

(However they have since been removed ?Crooks?)


Turning right; go down the road, and either choose to turn left at the FP for Malham Cove, on your left; or make your way towards Gordale Scar, via a waymarked gate on your left, Grid Ref: 913635 . Those wishing refreshments, may find a snacks vendor close to this point.

Quite honestly you would be foolish not to see Gordal Scar.

Watch the GrassingtonWeb Video Gordale Scar

The views towards Gordale Scar are always breathtaking.
Once you have seen Gordale Scar, make your way back to the road (see route map) and retrace your steps back to the FP now on your right, signposted Malham Cove. Grid Ref: 9125 6345.

Make your way up a steep bank and through a kissing gate and continue along the path and through another gate. Keeping the wall to your left, go through another gate veering slightly to the left and uphill, soon passing a barn on the left hand side.

Make your way towards a gate, passing more shepherds sticks, (see picture right, again pinched by crooks) and out onto the road. Here you cross and walk the few yards uphill, to your right.

Climb over the ladder stile which clearly states Malham Cove as being only half a mile distance. Make your way along an obvious path, on towards a signpost for Malham Cove, the path taking you slightly left.
Now walk down the path and take either route through an open gateway, or over the laddered stile. (Pictured here from the other side.)

I should point out that as a matter of safety, you should be very careful on two counts. First, don't stray too close to the edge, it's a long way down. Second, be warned that the clints and grykes may be very picturesque, but the stone can be perilous during wet weather.


You can make your way over the rock, or for a more stable route, take to the higher grassy terrain, up and over to your right.

The pathway down is very easy to miss, so once you have ventured far enough over towards a wall, start looking out for the exit at Grid Ref: 897642 ......

......and the stairway down. This is another place to take your time and be sure footed!

You can't all be like me - lithe, and as agile as a mountain goat.

Follow the steps all the way down, reaching another gate before the final few steps down to the bottom.
Now you can either take the path left to the foot of the cove before returning, or right, following the stream on your left.

Go through the stile and turn left on the road heading back into Malham Village, taking advantage of the shops, two pubs, and cafes on the way

Watch the GrassingtonWeb Video - Top

Watch the GrassingtonWeb Video - Bottom

Public Toilets were on your right between the red telephone box, and the Buck Inn. At the time of writing they were under dispute but all the pubs and Cafe's have them and there are free toiulets at the National Parks Car Park










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