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Malham Walking Weekend
NEW for 2020 Join us in Malham village for a fully guided walking weekend in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. Two days of leisurely and moderate graded walks in stunning limestone scenery, with numerous highlights from the 70 metre high Malham Cove, idyllic Malham Tarn, to the impressive rock formation of Gordale Scar.
Enjoyable social evenings in Malham village will make for an enjoyable and memorable Yorkshire Dales walking weekend.
- Fully guided walking weekend in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales
- Janet’s Foss Waterfall
- Walking in the footsteps of A. Wainwright
- Malham Cove
- Stunning Yorkshire Dales scenery
- Enjoyable social evenings
Accommodation at YHA Malham (Optional)
For the Malham walking weekend we have reserved a number of beds in male shared and female shared bunkrooms at YHA Malham. A limited number of private rooms are available subject to availability, please contact us before booking. Accommodation is for 2 nights, including breakfast.
If you prefer to find your own accommodation, please click on the ‘Trip Notes’ tab for alternative accommodation suggestions.
Friday – (Optional) Welcome Evening
Check in time at YHA Malham is from 5pm and the Friday Welcome Evening (optional) is 8.30pm at the hostel. It’s a chance for everyone on the walking weekend to meet and the Country Adventures tour leader will be on hand to answer any questions about the planned walks. If you’re unable to make it to the Welcome Evening, the booking confirmation will detail everything you need to know about the weekend.
Saturday - Walk Day
Grade 2 – Malham Cove & Gordale Scar 7 miles (11.2km), with 895 ft (273m) of ascent
Saturdays guided walk taking in Malham Cove, Malham Tarn, Gordale Scar and Janet’s Foss waterfall is a great walk, full of rewarding scenery amongst a limestone landscape formed over millions of years. First of the day’s highlights, as we walk out from Malham village, is Janet’s Foss at the end of a wooded trail – the picturesque waterfall is shrouded in myth & legend. Continuing along a riverbank trail, the scenery changes drastically as we enter a corridor of breath-taking high sided limestone walls to reach Gordale Scar, an impressive limestone rock formation. There will be the option of an easy scramble up the side of Gordale Scar or taking an easier trail to continue on to picturesque Malham Tarn.
The final highlight of this rich scenic walk is reaching Malham Cove and walking across the top of the famous limestone paving overlooking Malham village.
In the evening, an optional social evening is planned in Malham at one of two local inns, renowned for excellent food, where the group can meet up for a drink and enjoy an evening meal together.
Sunday - Walk Day & Departure Day
Grade 2 – Settle to Malham 6 miles (9.6km), with 1335 ft (407m) of ascent
Country Adventures transport will take us from Malham and a short 20-minute drive to the historic market town of Settle to start todays walk. Prehistoric caves, views of the famous Yorkshire Peaks, and limestone knolls are highlights of the walk as we follow a good walking trail from Settle into the countryside and rolling pastures and on into Malham on an enjoyable guided walk.
The walking weekend will finish in Malham between 3-4pm.
The (optional) accommodation for the Malham walking weekend is YHA Malham. Rooms are shared male and shared female bunkrooms and the package includes 2 nights with a cooked breakfast. Private rooms are subject to availability.
If you require help with booking alternative accommodation you may find the following links useful:
Booking.com search for accommodation in Malham, Yorkshire
The Lister Arms central Malham village accommodation
River House b&b in Malham
We recommend booking accommodation in, or near to, Malham village for easy reach to the meeting point for both the walks and social evenings.
Food & Drink
Meals included during the holiday: All breakfasts (with YHA Malham accommodation option).
For the walk(s) please bring with you a packed lunch and refreshments. Occasionally on some guided walks (Grade 1 to 2 walks) we may pass a country inn or tea room where if we have time we can call in, however having a packed lunch with you gives the group the freedom to have lunch wherever we are on the walking route. YHA Malham has a well equipped self catering kitchen with fridges and storage space to enable you to store snacks and packed lunch items if you wish to prepare your own packed lunches. Alternatively, packed lunches for the walks can be purchased from the hostel (approx. £6).
On Saturday evening, an optional social evening in Malham is organised by Country Adventures, where the group can meet up for a drink and enjoy an evening meal together.
For guided walking tours that require transport from the meeting point to the start of the walk, we use a minibus or where necessary local transport. There is no extra charge for this, it is included in the tour price.
Our walks are by no means designed to be endurance tests where everyone sets off at a blistering pace. Far from it, it’s about a fine day in the hills in good company enjoying the best of fell walking with exceptional views but it is important to state that for everyone’s walking enjoyment walking does require a minimum level of fitness and stamina. Hill / Mountain walking experience is not essential as long as you have a reasonable level of fitness. For the higher level graded walks (i.e. Challenging Grade) it is advisable that you are someone who enjoys regular cardio exercise or have experience of mountain walking and have the stamina/ leg strength in order to be better prepared for longer sections of uphill & downhill walking associated with higher mountain treks.
Walking Grades Explained
Grade 1 (Leisurely) Normally 5-8 miles, may include gentle ascents and descents of up to a total 1100ft of ascent and similar descent over a day’s walk. Easier scenic walking at lower altitudes along paths and tracks.
Grade 2 (Moderate) Normally 6-10 miles on paths and tracks, between 800ft – 1700ft of total ascent and similar descent. Longer walks, on hills and moorland.
Grade 3 (Moderate Mountain) Normally ranging from 6-10 miles, between 1700ft – 2600ft of ascent, similar descent. Longer walks, over higher ground with possibly steeper ups and downs on paths and tracks.
Grade 4 (Challenging) Normally ranging from 8-13 miles, between 1500ft – 3000+ft of ascent, similar descent, over undulating mountain terrain, walking at higher levels with steep ups and downs. Suitable for people with a good level of fitness.
What you need to bring with you for the walks
- Good, comfortable walking boots with a cleated sole and good ankle support are essential.
- Waterproof jacket and over-trousers.
- Warm, dry walking clothing. Unsuitable clothing includes Jeans or cotton tracksuit bottoms and cotton t-shirts (cotton is a poor insulating fabric and when wet it takes a long time to dry, which can lead to a rapid loss of body heat as well as being uncomfortable).
- A number of thin layers are better than one thick/ heavy jumper. We suggest a fleece for extra warmth especially when we stop on the hills for lunch.
- Hat and gloves (even in summer – any wind chill on the mountain tops will lead to cooler temperatures).
- Sunglasses, sun cream.
- Hot or cold drinks (i.e. a minimum of 2 litres of water).
- Plenty of food and drink for lunch and snacks.
- A rucksack large enough to carry it all in (20-30 litres), ideally with a waterproof liner.
- Any medication you need.
- Thermos flask. We recommend bringing warm drinks with you, as even on sunny days it can occasionally feel cooler, especially on the summits of the higher-level mountain walks.
- Walking poles (if you use them).
- A towel (if staying at the YHA)
We want you to enjoy your time with Country Adventures and have the best possible adventure experience. Please be aware that if any participants are not properly equipped for the walk (i.e. with walking boots and waterproofs), at the guide’s discretion we reserve the right to not allow them on the walk for reasons of safety for both the individual and the group. If you need clarification any of the equipment requirements, please don’t hesitate to ask.
Tour Schedule & Activity Meeting Times
Please ensure you give yourself plenty of time to get to the meeting point at the required time. The transport for our day walks will leave promptly at the stated time and due to the nature of scheduled tours, we are unable to provide refunds if unfortunately, you miss the departure time.
Welcome Evening – 8.30pm at YHA Malham
Walking Days – 9.30am at YHA Malham
Address: YHA Malham, Malham, BD23 4DB