Malham Tarn extended circular route for Trampers

Walking trail

This extended route takes in an extra off-road section which gives great views of Malham Tarn.

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Map route for Malham Tarn extended circular route for trampers


Malham Tarn office, grid ref: SD886674


Turn left out of the Estate Office and then turn right at the post box and follow the track along until you reach the road. Turn left onto the road, being extra careful and aware of other road users. Turn left at the junction and follow the road up past High Trenhouse Conference Centre.


At the crossroads, turn left and follow this road over the cattle grid, past Low Trenhouse farm, and past the car park at Watersinks.

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As the road starts to bend around to the right towards Malham village, leave the road and continue straight on towards the gate in front of you. Turn left onto the track just before you get to the gate.


Pass over the cattle grid and through the gate. Do not take the short cut across the grass, but continue on and turn left after approximately 110yd (100m) and follow the grassy track which goes behind the woodland. Continue on this track and enjoy the majestic views of Malham Tarn as it appears in front of you. This is a particularly rough and uneven section of track, which can be particularly wet after heavy rain; please go slowly, picking your best route, and take extra care over the uneven sections.

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Turn right onto to the track following the shore of Malham Tarn on your left. Continue over the cattle grid and up the hill through the woodland.


Continue around to the right of Tarn House and follow the track back downhill, passing a row of cottages on your right, and finishing at the Estate Office.

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Orchid House at Malham Tarn Estate Yorkshire Dales


Malham Tarn office, grid ref: SD886674

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Malham Tarn extended circular route for Trampers


Circular route across fields and unmade tracks, with some road sections. The terrain is reasonably flat, with some more challenging, rough and rugged sections beneath Great Close Scar and can be muddy in places 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.

Please note that this route has been tested and is suitable for trampers. It may not be suitable for other types of mobility scooters. Due to the remote nature of the area, and the uneven terrain, we would always advise you to be accompanied when using this route.

Malham Tarn extended circular route for Trampers

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Malham Tarn extended circular route for Trampers

How to get here

Malham Tarn office, 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). Check Dales Bus for details. 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.

Malham Tarn extended circular 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 and must be kept on leads at certain times of the year