Walking trail

Fountains Fell and Darnbrook View along the Pennine Way Moderate Route for Trampers

Walking trail

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Fountains Fell and Darnbrook View Tramper Route, Malham Tarn, Yorkshire Dales


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.

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Views of fields and meadows of Tennant Gill Farm with Fountains Fell in the background


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.

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Unusual field shelter with three entrances and separate fields to each area on the Pennine Way


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.

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Picnic area with views overlooking Malham Tarn


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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Fountains Fell and Darnbrook View along the Pennine Way Moderate Route for Trampers


This route is suitable for the summer months only.  It is a circular route some on road section, across fields and unmade tracks.  The terrain is reasonably flat, but can be muddy after wet weather.  The grassy track along the Pennine Way is very rutted in places especially the section to the first gate entering onto the Pennine Way and up to the barn.  Dogs welcome under close control; must be kept on leads at certain times of the year.  Please note that this route has been tested and is suitable for trampers; it may not be suitable for other types of mobility scooters.  Please be aware that the route down to the picnic area is down a track which is slightly steep in places.  Due to the remote nature of the area and the uneven terrain, we would always advise you to be accompanied when using this route.

Fountains Fell and Darnbrook View along the Pennine Way Moderate Route for Trampers

How to get here

Malham Tarn Estate Office Waterhouses Settle BD24 9PT
By train

Settle station 7 miles away & Skipton station 19 miles away

By road

Close to the A65 & Settle: 4ml NW of Malham.
Follow signs from Malham.

By foot

6ml of the Pennine Way runs through the estate

By bus

From Skipton: 210/211 & 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, Settle-Malham Tarn, Easter-Oct, Sundays and bank holidays only

By bicycle

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

Fountains Fell and Darnbrook View along the Pennine Way Moderate Route for Trampers

Facilities and access

  • Free parking at Malham Tarn office, BD24 9PT
  • Toilet (not wheelchair accessible) at Orchid House, behind Tarn House
  • Café, pub and accommodation available in Malham village
  • Visitor centre at National Park centre in Malham village (not National Trust)
  • Accessible toilets with RADAR facilities available at Yorkshire Dales National Park car park in Malham Village
  • Dogs welcome under close control; must be kept on leads at certain times of the year