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From: Buck Inn/Lister Arms, MalhamTo: Golden Lion, Horton-in-Ribblesdale (main route via Malham Cove)14.8 miles23.8 km927m ascent893m descent
ThumbnailOn the main route follow the hoards to Malham Cove, where once a huge waterfall tumbled down, reputed to be last seen about 300 years ago, until the rains of December 2015 when once again the waterfall fleetingly appeared. Climb the steps to the left of the cove, and enjoy the magnificent limestone pavement and dry valley (except for December 2015) to the north. Keep on the Pennine Way to Malham tarn, passing Water Sinks, where the stream descends to reappear south of Malham, NOT at the base of the cove. Skirt the tarn to the east and north, pass Malham Tarn House, then turn right to Tennant Gill Farm on the track up to Fountains Fell. Keep going up to pass close to the summit, the highest point so far on the walk (soon to be beaten) and keep on the Pennine Way down to the road. Turn left and follow the road, with Pen-y-Ghent in view on the right. Head for Churn Milk Hole, then climb the awesome mountain of Pen-y-Ghent at 694m, one of the famous Yorkshire 3 peaks with its limestone and gritstone steps. Traverse the summit and drop down to Horton-in-Ribblesdale where there are pubs, a camp site and a station, and of course the famous Pen-y-Ghent Café. Watch out though, the café is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays these days. There are two pubs in the village - the Golden Lion and the Crown. Sadly, the Crown is the type of pub where the management complain about the customers disturbing their peaceful weekends, so I recommend the Golden Lion. If you must go in the Crown, ensure you read the many notices telling what you can and cannot do, and watch out for the 50p debit card charge, even if (like I did) you spend £80 in there. Nice pub, but one to avoid I'm afraid. In my opinion of course.
Bus LogoMalham: Horton-in-RibblesdaleBeer LogoCrown Hotel, Golden Lion, Pen-y-Ghent Café, Horton-in-Ribblesdale
Train LogoHorton-in-RibblesdaleBed LogoCrown Hotel, Golden Lion, Horton-in-Ribblesdale
Car LogoMalham: Malham Tarn: Tennant Gill Farm:, Dale Head Farm: Horton-in-RibblesdaleTent LogoHorton-in-Ribblesdale
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