"village at the gravelly/stony places or at the hollows"
from the Old Norse 'melr' meaning a sand-bank/sand-hill, or 'malgi' meaning a gravelly/stony place or 'mair' meaning a hollow/depression and the Old English 'hãm' meaning a village or homestead.
Ref: Key to English Place-names - University of Nottingham


Malham is a picturesque village in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

It is located 6½ miles east of Settle and has a population of approximately 240.
The village lies at the head of Malhamdale and is famous for its position at the centre of some of the most spectacular landscape in the country i.e. Malham Cove, Gordale Scar, Malham Tarn and the Watlowes Dry Valley.
Malham's fame means that it is one of the 'honeypots' of the Yorkshire Dales and can become very crowded during the summer months and particularly on bank holiday weekends.
There is a National Park Centre on the edge of the village and a large pay-and-display car park.
There is a good selection of accommodation in the village including Inns, Hotels, B&Bs, Guest Houses, Holiday Cottages, Camp Sites and a Youth Hostel.
There are 20 listed buildings within the parish.
Malham is a good starting point for walks to explore Malham Cove, Gordale Scar, Janet's Foss, Malham Tarn & Watlowes Dry Valley.