"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, Goredale 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, 
Goredale Scar, Janet's Foss, Malham Tarn & Watlowes Dry Valley.


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In and Around Malham

Town End Farm Shop & Tea Room
Enjoy traditional home-baked cooking and a wide range of refreshments at our farmhouse tea room, and delight in the splendid views of Malhamdale. Food is prepared daily from  ...
Malham Cove
Malham Cove is a huge natural limestone cliff and was once the scene of a spectacular prehistoric waterfall. At the top of the cove is a fine limestone pavement - which  ...
Gordale Scar
A great limestone gorge near Malham some 400 feet deep, Gordale Scar is believed to be the remains of a huge underground cavern whose roof collapsed around the time ...
Janet's Foss
Janet's Foss is a very pretty waterfall and pool set in ancient woodland a short distance from Malham Village.
Malham Tarn
A popular Dales beauty spot set amid rolling hills and rugged moorland. This outstanding area of limestone pavements, upland hill farms and flower-rich hay meadows  ...
Malham Safari
Spring Bank Holiday Weekend
The Malham Safari Animals celebrate a different theme every year. Every day there are different events and entertainment. A great day out for the whole family.               
Malham Show
Saturday August 27th 2022
Malham Show is held annually in the heart of beautiful Malhamdale under the shadow of Malham Cove. This traditional agricultural and family country show has been taking ...
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