A round of Malham Tarn

  • The highest lake in England
  • Lovely limestone scenery
  • Malham Tarn wildlife reserve

It was a beautiful, peaceful summer’s evening when I dropped Lucy off for an outdoors Brownies event at Streetgate and headed off to spent a pleasant couple of hours circling the highest lake in England . Glacial in origin the lake is over 1,200 foot above sea level with a wonderful variety of plants, trees and bird life, much of it courtesy of the geology of the surrounding rock.

The land is owned by the National Trust and they have a popular field centre at the northern end of the tarn. The Nature Reserve, bird hides and well kept woodland are all the legacy of the Trust and are well run. However I prefer the open limestone scars and wide open views to the east of the tarn.In addition you can follow the lake shore which is always a pleasure of mine contasting to the southern and western ends of the tarn where the walk is along roads, albeit quiet ones.


Take a small detour to Water Sinks from the southern car park. Water Sinks does what it says on the tin, the water disappears in to a big hole to appear again two miles downstream at the foot of Malham Cove

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Malham Tarn

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Start Point: SD 904656. I parked at Streetgate and headed due north towards Great Close Hill
Height to Climb: 85 ms (280 feet)
Terrain: A mix of good tracks and quiet roads, the reserve is partly on wooden walkways
Eating & Drinking: A short drive brings you in to Malham and a choice of pubs or tea shops
Similar Walks Nearby: Gordale Scar, Janet’s Foss & Malham Cove
Lovely Littondale
The Settle Loop
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