Skip to content
A visitor in a Tramper stops on a trail in Elterwater, Cumbria to chat to another visitor in winter
Exploring trails by Tramper | © National Trust Images/James Dobson
Yorkshire

Malham Tarn trail for Trampers

Everyone can discover the moorlands surrounding Malham Tarn on this accessible trail suitable for Trampers. This flat circular route explores the woodland and shoreline surrounding the glacial lake. It also passes a Victorian house that welcomed the likes of Charles Dickens and John Ruskin as guests. Wildlife fans can spot oystercatchers by the water, roe deer in the woods and colourful wildflowers in the summer.

Book Tramper early

We have one Tramper which is available to book Mondays – Fridays between 10am – 2pm. Booking is essential. You can email the team on yorkshiredales@nationaltrust.org.uk to make a booking.

Total steps: 7

Total steps: 7

Start point

Malham Tarn estate office, Settle, BD24 9PT. Grid ref: SD886674

Step 1

Turn left out of the estate office and follow the track for just over half a mile. You'll spot glimpses of Malham Tarn through the trees on your right before reaching Malham Tarn House.

Step 2

Pass Tarn House and continue on the track through the woodland, going over the cattle grid and on to the shore of Malham Tarn.

Step 3

Follow the stone track around the shore for about half a mile until you reach a gate.

Step 4

Head through the gate and immediately take the grassy path to your right. This takes you round the edge of the woodland before continuing along the shore again. Follow this path until you reach Watersinks car park. Please be aware, this stretch follows rough grassy ground so you'll need to slow down and take extra care. It may be muddy after rainfall. Alternative route: For a smoother route, ignore the grassy path after the gate and instead carry on down the track. When you reach the road turn right and head straight until you reach Watersinks car park on your right.

Step 5

At the entrance of the car park turn right and head up the road, through a gateway and over a stream. Carry on for about 1 mile (1.6km), passing a farm and then turn right at the crossroads. Continue on this road until you reach a T-junction. Take the right turning, following the signpost to Arncliffe. While driving on the road, please be aware of other road users - turn the Tramper lights on and take extra care, pulling over to the side to allow other vehicles to pass you safely.

Step 6

After approx. quarter of a mile, head through a gate on the right onto a stone track which takes you around the edge of the reserve. Follow this track to the end, where you'll meet a road and should spot a red post box in the wall on your right. Please note: the boardwalk around the reserve is not suitable for Trampers or other mobility scooters.

Step 7

Simply turn left and head back up the track to the Malham Tarn estate office and the end of the trail.

End point

Malham Tarn estate office, Settle, BD24 9PT. Grid ref: SD886674

Trail map

Map route for Malham Tarn circular route for trampers
Malham Tarn circular route for trampers map | © Crown copyright and database rights 2013 Ordnance Survey

You made it

Share your experience

A visitor reads an 'Accessibility' document while sat on a mobility scooter known as a Tramper in the parkland at Croome, Worcestershire
Article
Article

Borrow a Tramper at Malham Tarn 

Did you know we have a Tramper you can borrow at Malham Tarn? The battery powered all-terrain mobility scooter is available to support less mobile visitors to explore the countryside around Malham Tarn.

Visitor at Janet's Foss, part of the Malham Tarn Estate, North Yorkshire.
Trail
Trail

Malham village to Janet's Foss 

Walk this easy-to-follow, there-and-back scenic walk from Malham village to the waterfall at Janet's Foss, following the beck along gravel paths and through fields and woodlands.

Activities
Walking
DistanceMiles: 3 (km: 4.8)
Malham Tarn, Yorkshire Dales National Park, North Yorkshire
Trail
Trail

Watersinks to Malham Tarn easy stroll 

A short linear walk along the scenic shores of Malham Tarn, a beautiful and internationally important wetland site.

Activities
Walking
DistanceMiles: 2.6 (km: 4.16)

Get in touch

Malham Tarn Estate Office, North Wing, Malham Tarn House, Settle, North Yorkshire, BD24 9PU

Our partners

Cotswold Outdoor

We’ve partnered with Cotswold Outdoor to help everyone make the most of their time outdoors in the places we care for.

Visit website 

You might also be interested in

A hiker wearing an insulated jacket and a backpack watches the sunset over snowy mountain peaks

Walking 

Explore some of the finest landscapes in our care on coastal paths, accessible trails, woodland walks and everything in between. Find the best places to walk near you.

A man and a woman walk in the foreground walk alongside a channel of water. In the background is a statue, a temple and the trees have an orange hue.

Walking in Yorkshire 

Discover some of the best walks in Yorkshire, from rugged Pennine beauty spots to parkland and meadows perfect for a family stroll.

An aerial view of an adult and baby walking a dog along a path at Baggy Point, Devon
Article
Article

Staying safe at National Trust places 

The special places in National Trust care sometimes come with a few risks for visitors, be it coastline or countryside. Find out how to keep safe throughout your visits.

A visitor carrying a backpack and walking along a footpath at Divis and the Black Mountain with stone walls either side, the countryside visible in the background.
Article
Article

Follow the Countryside Code 

Help to look after National Trust places by observing a few simple guidelines during your visit and following the Countryside Code.

Visitors explore the trail at Elterwater, Cumbria
Article
Article

Top accessible walks 

Find out more about the places in our care with accessible trails to explore with pushchairs, wheelchairs and mobility aids. Experience nature without having to go off the beaten track.

A visitor reads an 'Accessibility' document while sat on a mobility scooter known as a Tramper in the parkland at Croome, Worcestershire
Article
Article

Borrow a Tramper at Malham Tarn 

Did you know we have a Tramper you can borrow at Malham Tarn? The battery powered all-terrain mobility scooter is available to support less mobile visitors to explore the countryside around Malham Tarn.

Family walking through the limestone country in the Yorkshire Dales. The children are climbing on rocks.
Article
Article

Things to look out for in the Yorkshire Dales 

Discover the Yorkshire Dales with their rolling countryside, steep-sided valleys, heather-covered moorland and a patchwork of dry stone walls and barns.

A man walking with dogs on the Pennine Way
Article
Article

Visiting the Yorkshire Dales with your dog 

The Yorkshire Dales is very dog friendly, and with miles of footpaths to explore, trees to sniff and grass to roll in, your four-legged friend should have a great day.