Malham is 5 miles of north of Coniston Cold (5.5 miles by road), 5 miles west of
Malham is in the
• The Watlowes dry valley about 1.5 miles north of the village.
• Malham Tarn, a glacial lake and National Trust nature reserve 3 miles north of Malham.
• Janet's Foss a small but picturesque waterfall on the Gordale Beck falling into a natural pool in woodland about a mile's walk to the north-east of Malham.
The village hosts the Malham Show, an agricultural and country show each August.
The limestone pavements at the top of Malham Cove were used in a scene from the film Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1.
There is evidence of people living at Malham Tarn dating back to the Mesolithic era and a Roman camp near to the Gordale Back about 2.5 miles north-east of the village, while Malham appeared in two entries in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Malgun.
Malham is on the Pennine Way long distance trail.
Malham Beck flows through the village and the River Aire starts just south of the village.
Malham's two historic inns, The Buck Inn and The Lister Arms, are close to the centre of the village. The Buck Inn dates from 1874 and is on the site of an even older coaching inn. The Lister Arms is a modernised old coaching inn, bearing the date 1723.
Malham has a small selection of shops selling gift and souvenir items and a shop selling outdoor wear.
Malham has a range of places to eat, including cafes, a hotel with bistro at Beck Hall and two inns serving food.
Malham Village Hall is in Cove Road.
Malham Methodist Church is in the village.
Malham Methodist Church web page.
The Anglican church is St. Michael the Archangel Church in
Kirkby in Malhamdale UVA Primary School is between Malham and
The village has a range of place to stay, including a hotel, inns with accomodation, bed and breakfast, a YHA hostel and campsites.
There are public conveniences at the village car park at Chapel Gate and near the centre of the village at the junction of Cove Road and Chapel Gate.
(There are also toilets at the National Trust learning centre Orchid House on the north shore of Malham Tarn, which is about 3.5 miles walk from Malham village.)
Check opening times on the
Yorkshire Dales National Park - Malham website.
A renovated traditional Dales barn, Town Head Barn, near to where the footpath to Malham Cove branches from Cove Road, is a free to enter National Trust property which provides displays and leaflets about the Malham Tarn Estate which is managed by the National Trust.
More information at the
Bus travelMalham is accessible by bus but has a very low frequency bus service with different timetables, route numbers and operators on different days. It is therefore advisable to always check times before travelling. Also check bus stop signs for departure points as the summer Sunday and bank holiday services operate from the National Park car park rather than the bus stop opposite The Buck Inn.
The West Yorkshire transport authority Metro publishes a useful information on travel to the Yorkshire Dales.
Metro - Yorkshire Dales web page.
Dales and Bowland Community Interest Company, which organises weekend services, also has further information at the DalesBus website.
Road travelMalham is reached by narrow country lanes, the nearest main road being the
Emergency servicesNorth Yorkshire Police
North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service
Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust
Parish council (civil parish)Kirkby Malhamdale Parish Council
Kirkby Malhamdale Parish Council includes the grouped parishes of Malham, Malham Moor,
Craven District Council ceased from April 1, 2023. From 1974 it was a shire district covering more than 450 square miles of the western area of North Yorkshire with its administrative centre in
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