Watersinks to Malham Tarn easy stroll

Walking trail

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

The shores of Malham Tarn, Yorkshire Dales


Map route for Watersinks to Malham Tarn easy stroll


Watersinks car park, grid ref: SD895658


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

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When you reach a gate and a track, go through the gate and continue on the track along the shores of Malham Tarn.

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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.

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When you reach this point, turn around and retrace your steps to the car park.


Watersinks car park, grid ref: SD895658

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Watersinks to Malham Tarn easy stroll


Grassy footpaths and gravel tracks. The terrain is reasonably flat, but can be muddy after wet weather.

Dogs are welcome on leads, however they are not allowed on the boardwalk of the National Nature Reserve. Watch out for local notices as there may be restrictions in woodland or farmland at sensitive times of year, during the lambing season, or between March and the end of July when ground-nesting birds are on eggs or raising their young.

Please be vigilant when walking near livestock, especially those with young. Try not to get too close and keep your dog on a lead under close control. If approached by cows, move away as carefully and quietly as possible, and if necessary let go of your dog's lead and let it run free, the dog will outrun the cows.

Watersinks to Malham Tarn easy stroll

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Watersinks to Malham Tarn easy stroll

How to get here

Watersinks car park, Malham Tarn, Settle, North Yorkshire, BD23 4DJ
By train

Settle station 7 miles (11.3km) away and Skipton station 19 miles (30.6km) away.

By road

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

By foot

6 miles (9.6km) of the Pennine Way runs through the estate.

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 (890), Settle-Malham Tarn, Easter-Oct, w/e only.

By bicycle

The Yorkshire Dales Cycleway runs through Malham village and by Malham Tarn.

Watersinks to Malham Tarn easy stroll

Facilities and access

  • Nearest facilities are in Malham Tarn village 2 miles (3.5km), including: toilets, tea-rooms and pubs
  • Toilet is located at Point 4 on this walk
  • Dogs welcome under close control; must be kept on leads at certain times of the year