The upper end of the valley of the River Aire is known as Malhamdale.


Malham Tarn is at the head of the dale which then runs through Watlowes Dry Valley, over Malham Cove and through the villages of Malham, Kirky Malham, Hanlith and Airton. Below Airton, Malhamdale becomes Airedale and then the Aire Valley.

The River Aire flows towards the North Sea in a south-easterly direction passing through Skipton, Keighley and Leeds before joining the River Ouse at Airmyn, near to Goole, which in turn joins the River Trent to become the Humber.

The countryside surrounding Malhamdale is famous for its limestone scenery of dry valleys, limestone pavements, becks, waterfalls and scars. Popular attractions are Malham Tarn, Watlowes Dry Valley, Janet’s Foss, Gordale Scar.

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In and Around Malhamdale

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.
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  ...
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  ...
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 ...

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 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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