Malham Village to Janet's Foss

Settle, BD24 9PT

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The awe-inspiring Malham Cove © National Trust

The awe-inspiring Malham Cove

See if you can find Janet, Queen of the Fairies, at Janet’s Foss © Joe Cornish

See if you can find Janet, Queen of the Fairies, at Janet’s Foss

A short walk from Malham, Janet’s Foss is a magical place to visit © Mark Butler

A short walk from Malham, Janet’s Foss is a magical place to visit

Route overview

This is a popular walk from Malham village to the magical waterfall at Janet's Foss. The route follows the beck along gravel and flagged paths through fields, and then through the woodland on rough and rocky tracks.

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Route map to Janet's Foss
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Start: Malham car park, grid ref: SD890660

  1. From the car park walk into the village, crossing the beck to the right of Malham Smithy.

  2. Turn right and follow the beck away from the village, along a well-made gravel pathway.

    Show/HideMalham village

    Take the time to have a wander around the village while you are here, making sure you also have time to see the spectacular Malham Cove.

    The awe-inspiring Malham Cove © National Trust
  3. Turn left at the signpost to Janet's Foss and follow this stone-flagged path, with the beck to your right.

    Show/HideThe woodland

    The woods have the glorious smell of garlic in the spring as the ransoms come into flower.

    See if you can find Janet, Queen of the Fairies, at Janet’s Foss © Joe Cornish
  4. On entering the National Trust woodland leading up to Janet's Foss waterfall, the ground becomes very uneven and rocky - watch your step!

    Show/HideThe waterfall

    Legend tells us that Janet, or Jennett, Queen of the Fairies, lived behind the waterfall and it remains a special place today.

    A short walk from Malham, Janet’s Foss is a magical place to visit © Mark Butler
  5. From the waterfall, return the way you came.

End: Malham car park, grid ref: SD890660

  • Trail: Walking
  • Grade: Easy
  • Distance: 3 miles (4.8km)
  • Time: 2 hours
  • OS Map: Explorer 297
  • Terrain:

    Gravel and stone-flagged paths through fields, then uneven rough track through woodland with rocky steps.

  • How to get here:

    On foot: The Pennine Way passes through the estate for 6 miles from north to south

    By cycle: Malham village lies on the Yorkshire Dales Cycleway, a signed on-road cycle route which passes from Airton (2½ miles) in the south to Stainforth and Settle (7½ and 6½ miles) in the east; it links with the Pennine Cycleway, NCN route 68, which goes from Derby to Berwick-upon-Tweed

    By bus: From Skipton, services 210/211 on Mondays to Saturdays and services 883/884 on summer Sundays and Bank Holidays; weekend services pass Skipton station (19 miles); the Malham Tarn Shuttle Bus runs between Malham village, Malham Tarn, Settle and Ingleton on summer Sundays and Bank Holidays from Easter to late-October – for timetables see the Dalesbus website

    By train: Settle station (7 miles) and Skipton station (19 miles) on the very picturesque Settle–Carlisle line

    By car: From Skipton, take the A65 to Gargrave, then follow signs to Malham; from Settle, follow signs to Langcliffe or Malham; a minor road crosses the Malham Tarn estate to the north of Malham Tarn – join it from the B6160 below Kettlewell

  • Facilities:

    • Parking (pay & display) and toilets in Yorkshire Dales National Park Car Park in Malham village
    • Pubs, cafés, shops and accommodation in Malham village

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