A ramble on Malham Moor

Walking trail

A circular walk on the fellside, passing through a spectacular upland farming landscape. Enjoy some stunning views of Malham Moor and Tarn and marvel at the tranquility of the countryside.

Family on a walk around Malham Moor in the Yorkshire Dales


Map route for a ramble on Malham Moor


Quarry car park, grid ref: SD883672


Turn right out of the car park, then turn left through a gate onto a track. Go through the gate on your right and follow the boardwalk through Tarn Moss, an important area of fen and raised bog. Please keep to the boardwalk to safely enjoy this special place. At the far end, by Sandhills Cottage, turn left to exit the reserve then go through the gate on the right signposted Pennine Way. (Sorry, dogs are not allowed on the nature reserve, so dog walkers will need to stay on the track, turn right at the post box and then left onto the Pennine Way after the cottages.)


Follow the Pennine Way, heading towards Tennant Gill Farm.


Cross the road and pass through the gate to the left of the Tennant Gill Farm gateway, signposted to Henside Road, heading diagonally left across the field. Follow the bridleway through four gates a stretch of around 435yd (400m) across the fellside.

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Continue for another 110yd (100m) across the open fellside. Turn left at the waymark post, cross the wall and continue following the waymarks, in a south-easterly direction, passing an area of limestone pavement on your left.

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Head downhill between two rocky outcrops and over rough pasture. At the next waymark, bear left across the pasture. The track leads to the road at a gate. Turn right to return to your starting point at the car park.

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Quarry car park, grid ref: SD883672

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A ramble on Malham Moor


Circular walk across fields and unmade tracks, with a short stretch of road walking. 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.

A ramble on Malham Moor

Contact us

A ramble on Malham Moor

How to get here

Malham Tarn Estate Office, Waterhouses, Settle, North Yorkshire, BD24 9PT
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.

A ramble on Malham Moor

Facilities and access

  • Nearest facilities are in Malham Tarn village 2 miles (3.5km), including: toilets, tea-rooms and pubs
  • Dogs are not permitted in the nature reserve, but are welcome elsewhere under close control; must be kept on leads at certain times of the year