Fountains Fell and Darnbrook View along the Pennine Way Moderate Route for Trampers
Discover England’s highest lime-rich lake, home to a unique community of rare plants and animals. It is an area of outstanding moorland uplands, with flower-rich hay meadows, varied birdlife and awe-inspiring vistas.
Malham Tarn Estate Office SD886674
Turn right from the estate office and at the junction turn right again (taking care when entering onto the road). Continue up the road for a short while and you will go over a cattle grid. Carry on up the road and you will soon see ahead extensive views of Fountains Fell and Darnbrook Fell in the distance and views of limestone pavements to your left. Keep on the road.
Tennant Gill Farm
Tennant Gill Farm has recently been part of our renewable energy project. The farm now has photovoltaic panels on the barn roof and uses hydro-electricity from a small water turbine in the stream. It is no longer reliant on a diesel generator for its energy, so not only is it cheaper for the farmer, but also much better for the environment.
A little further up the road you will see a metal gate on your right, as you approach the gate turn right onto the grassy track keeping the wall on the left hand side and follow the grassy track to a gate. Please be aware that it is quite uneven ground with some ruts to negotiate and can be muddy in wet weather. (As the wall bears left go to the right of the track to avoid large ruts leading up to the gate). Go through the gate and this will bring you onto the Pennine Way.
Turn right again and follow the grassy track, you will shortly pass a barn, this is unusual as it as access to three fields. Go straight on (ignore the gate on the right – no public access) and follow the track a little way along to a gate, go through the gate and carry on along the track to another gate.
Field Shelter Barn
When you approach the barn, you will notice an unusual field shelter, you will see that the south facing frontage has three wide entrances each with a small yard, each yard has access into a separate field and inside is also split into three stalls, with gates from one to the other and water troughs could also be shared. This very clever idea meant that only one building needed to be built. The shelter dates from about the late 1800s and would have been built by Walter Morrison the then owner of Malham Tarn Estate.
When you reach the next gate this brings you onto a tarmacked track, turn left and carry on up the track, you will soon pass the bird hide to your right and will see glimpses of Malham Tarn through the trees.
(Optional) A little way along the track it veers off right down towards the picnic area which is sign posted, here you can stop for a picnic and take in the views of Malham Tarn. Please note: this area is steep in places and suggest you park the tramper at the top near the picnic sign and use the nearest picnic bench as you approach through the open metal gate.
Picnic Area along the banks of Malham Tarn
Enjoy a stop at our picnic area along the banks of Malham Tarn. Malham Tarn lies in a natural hollow formed in the boulder clay, overlying a bed of impervious Silurian slate. Surprisingly, the water from the Tarn does not reappear at the base of Malham Cove, but just over two miles downstream at Airehead.
From this point you can turn left and return back to the Estate Office on the tarmac track.
If you want to extend your route you can carry on by turning right down the tarmac track and follow the easy circular route around Malham Tarn which brings you back around to the Estate Office (go onto the website and you can download the Easy route “Malham Tarn Circular Route for Trampers”.
Malham Tarn Estate Office SD886674
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