Where is this walk?

Malham Tarn and Littondale

February 25, 2017

Between Malham Tarn and Littondale lies a broad expanse of high moorland covered in limestone outcrops and scars. The villages in Littondale are delightful. You may be able to pick up a half way cup of tea.

The Walk

Sandwiched between the better known paths of Monk’s Road and Mastiles Lane there lies a quiet bridleway connecting Street Gate near Malham Tarn with Arncliffe Cote. The path passes through some lovely limestone scenery before dropping sharply down the shoulder of Cote Gill in to Littondale. The return via Monks Road makes for a long day but the walking is very easy and the miles simply fly past. Don’t miss the classic example of dry stone walling around Middle Barn where so many ‘typical’ Dales photography has taken place.

I have also added the final section to include Malham Tarn as the path offers the best views across the tarn


Have a look at St Oswalds church at Arncliffe. The church is thought to be of Norman origin but could have been earlier Saxon. The bells date from roughly 1350 and still strike every hour.

Navigation Tips for Malham Tarn and Littondale

Malham Tarn is worth a closer look at the end of the day so turn right (west) at Middle House over the lip of Great Close Scar dropping to the tarn near the Field Centre.

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