Watersinks to Malham Tarn Easy Stroll

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Malham Tarn is a glorious place to wander around © National Trust

Malham Tarn is a glorious place to wander around

Early morning at Malham Tarn © Robin Sutton

Early morning at Malham Tarn

The Orchid House is a great indoor classroom for us © National Trust

The Orchid House is a great indoor classroom for us

Route overview

A short linear walk along the scenic shores of Malham Tarn, a beautiful and internationally important wetland site.

Route details

See this step-by-step route marked on a map

Watersinks to Malham Tarn Trail Map
  • Directions
  • Route
  • Bus stop
  • Parking
  • Toilet
  • Viewpoint

Start: Watersinks car park grid ref SD895658

  1. Park at Watersinks car park and follow the grassy path north, away from the road, along the Pennine Way.

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    Malham Tarn is a glorious place to spend a few hours. Enjoy wandering leisurely along the grassy tracks, or pause to admire the view and listen to the birds.

    Malham Tarn is a glorious place to wander around © National Trust
  2. When you reach a gate and a track, go through the gate and continue on the track along the shores of Malham Tarn

    Show/HideMalham Tarn

    Malham Tarn was formed around 10,000 years ago at the end of the last Ice Age. It is home to some very special plants, insects, birds and animals, including two otters that have recently moved in. The eastern shores of the Tarn are a beautiful spot for a picnic.

    Early morning at Malham Tarn © Robin Sutton
  3. Continue through the woods and around the back of Tarn House, now leased to the Field Studies Council. Pause at our small exhibition about Malham Tarn's National Nature Reserve.

    Show/HideOrchid House

    The Orchid House used to be the greenhouse for growing Orchids at Tarn House. We have recently renovated it as an indoor classroom area for the school groups that come to visit us. We have also included an exhibition area to tell you a bit more about the beautiful nature reserve.

    The Orchid House is a great indoor classroom for us © National Trust
  4. When you reach this point, turn around and retrace your steps to the car park, or upgrade to a Moderate Walk and follow the route of the 'Stroll around Malham Tarn' walk on our second leaflet in this series, 'Moderate Walks'.

End: Watersinks car park grid ref SD895658

  • Trail: Walking
  • Grade: Easy
  • Distance: 4km / 2.6miles
  • Time: 1-2hours
  • Terrain:

    Grassy footpaths and gravel tracks. The terrain is reasonably flat, but can be muddy after wet weather. Dogs welcome under close control, but bear in mind this is an area with livestock; must be kept on leads at certain times of the year.

  • How to get here:

    By foot: 6 miles (9.6km) of the Pennine Way runs through the estate

    By bike: The Yorkshire Dales Cycleway runs through Malham village and by Malham Tarn

    By bus: from Skipton: 210/211 and 883/884 (passing close Skipton , w/e, to Malham village only); from Settle: 580/210 (to Malham village only). Also, National Trust shuttle bus service (881) if funding allows, Settle-Malham Tarn, Easter-Oct, w/e only - please check if service is running

    By train: Settle station 7 miles (11.3km) away and Skipton station 19 miles (30.6km) away

    By car: close to the A65 and Settle; 4 miles (6.4km) north-west of Malham. Follow signs from Malham

  • Facilities:

    Toilet is located at Point 4 on this walk. Nearest other facilities are in Malham village 2 miles (3.5km), including: toilets, tea-rooms and pubs

     

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