This circular route takes you to Janet’s Foss and Malham Cove. You’ll also be able to experience Gordale Scar. A lovely walk along the river with a gentle climb through fields until you reach the top of Malham Cove for spectacular views over the Dales. Be careful on the steps coming down.
The Route: 3.5 miles
Starting from your front door at the Lister Arms, cross the road and head down a driveway/track passing the cottages on your left.
And the end follow the footpath slightly right along the east side of Malham Beck.
Follow this stone path through the fields and along the river until you reach a gate sign posted Janet’s Foss. Go through this gate and follow the footpath until the magical waterfall comes into view. It’s definitely worth taking a moment when you get to the pool. Once you have soaked it all in, continue along the footpath up hill until you get to the lane.
From here you can follow the sign posts and river upstream to Gordale Scar and then retrace your steps back to this point.
Cross over the lane and follow the signposts to Malham Cove, climbing uphill through fields and passing through gates to follow the obvious footpath west. Malham Cove and it’s limestone beauty will become visible on your left. Once you reach the top, take a moment to explore this moon like landscape and look out across the Yorkshire Dales. See if you can spot the iconic ‘Lone Tree’.
When you’re ready, continue along the top of the cove until you reach a footpath by a wall taking you down some steps. Take care down the steps, particularly in wet or icy conditions. Once you reach the bottom you experience the cove from a completely different perspective, marvel at how this natural structure rises out from the landscape.
Next, follow the stone path back into the village, passing the youth hostel, then finding yourself back at the Lister for a pint of award winning Thwaites Ale.