Bordley under Malham Moor

  • A quiet walk through limestone scenery
  • Attractive moorland section
  • Rarely visited hamlet at Bordley

The land between Malham and Grassington at Malham Moor is a fascinating mix of limestone, rough moorland and the pretty and rarely visited valley of Winterburn (complete with a small reservoir). At the head of Winterburn is the small hamlet of Bordley, surely one of the most inaccessible hamlets in England – I watched the postman trying to get there and ruin his van in the process. A rough spot to live!

Bordley forms the far point of the 7 and a half mile walk that I completed. After a walk through farmland the track soon rises to Threshfield Moor and a long line of shooting butts.The scenery does change when Bordley is spotted (with Malham in the distance) and is completely different on the return to Threshfield. Malham Moor Lane passes through some classic limestone scenery and ancient iron age settlements as it drops slowly in to Wharfedale.

Recommend: It is possible to extend the walk quite easily by joining Mastiles Lane above Bordley and returning from Kilnsey Crag along the back road. The ancient Roman Road of Mastiles Lane is easy walking through outstanding limestone scenery but the return from Kilnsey is a bit awkward.

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Malham Moor from Threshfield map


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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL2 Yorkshire Dales South & West Buy Map
Start Point: SD 990637. Park in Threshfield and walk south on the road for 200 yards till the farm track to Moor Lane is met. Take it.
Height to Climb: 242ms (794 feet)
Terrain: Aside from the section off Threshfield Moor which is a path the remainder is on lanes or good farm tracks
Eating & Drinking: With Grassington on the doorstep this is probably the best bet - however the Gamekeepers Inn is now open in Long Ashes Threshfield.
Similar Walks Nearby: Limestone scenery from Conistone (7.5 miles)
Cracoe & Rylstone Cross (6 miles)
Grimwith Reservoir via Hebden Beck (11 miles)
Places to Stay:


Fountaine Inn, Linton