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Exploring Malham Tarn on two wheels | © National Trust Images / Ben Selway

Malham Tarn family cycle trail

Hop on your bike and explore Malham Moor on this family-friendly cycle trail. The circular route follows gravel and grassy tracks and roads through the moors and takes in views of the Yorkshire Dales' own glacial lake, Malham Tarn. Wildlife fans can watch a variety of birds down on the lake's shoreline and might even spot birds of prey over the nature reserve, where wildlife thrives off lime-rich waters and raised bog. The trail also passes an 18th-century smelt mill chimney and a grand Victoria house that welcomed Charles Darwin as a guest.

Total steps: 7

Total steps: 7

Start point

Watersinks car park, Malham Moor, Settle, BD24. Grid ref: SD894658

Step 1

From the car park, head north along the bridleway signposted 'Waterhouses', across a rolling grassland track. Follow this until the grassy track meets a gravel path and a gate ahead.

Step 2

Turn left onto the gravel track and go through the gate. Follow this track along past the Malham Tarn shoreline, through another gateway, and into the woods. You'll eventually reach Malham Tarn House.

Step 3

Once you reach Malham Tarn House, follow the path to the right, around the back of the house and continue on the track through a narrow limestone cutting. Keep going for about half a mile (0.8km).

Step 4

When you reach a track on your left with a post box in the wall, turn left and follow this lane along the edge of the nature reserve until you reach a gate. Go through the gate and turn left, heading down the road.

Step 5

Take the first left turn signposted to Malham and continue on this road for about half a mile (0.8km) until you reach a crossroads.

Step 6

Head straight across the crossroads, following the sign to Malham for about 1 mile (1.6km).

Step 7

You'll eventually spot a bridleway on your left, signposted to Watersinks. Follow this all the way until you reach the road. Turn right, head through a gateway and you'll see the Watersinks car park to your left, where the trail ends.

End point

Watersinks car park, Malham Moor, Settle, BD24. Grid ref: SD894658

Trail map

Malham Tarn family cycle trail map
Malham Tarn family cycle trail map | © Crown copyright and database rights 2013 Ordnance Survey

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