Malham Tarn to Littondale

  • Easy walking through the limestone
  • Visit the lovely valley of Littondale
  • Far reaching views over the southern Dales

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


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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Malham Tarn to Littondale map

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL2 Yorkshire Dales Southern & Western Buy Map
Start Point: SD 905656. StreetGate where there is some parking off the main moorland road where there is a 90 degree bend. From the gate at Street Gate head north east on the obvious path.
Height to Climb: 397 ms (1,247 feet)
Terrain: Excellent walking , mainly on limestone tracks, throughout.
Eating & Drinking: The Arncliffe Arms is half way round the walk but there is nowhere at the start and finish of the walk unless you drive in to Malham itself.
Similar Walks Nearby: Gordale Scar & Malham Cove
Cracoe & Rylstone Cross
Limestone pavements above Littondale
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