Malham Day 2


One of the many nice things about the Lister Arms is that breakfast is included! It had been a while since we had had a big breakfast so we ordered the Yorkshire Grill, which is pretty much a full English breakfast. It was quite tasty!

Pennine Way to the Malham Tarn

With plenty of fuel for the day, we started off on an approx. 7.5 mile walk along Pennine Way to see the Malham Tarn. (We learned that a tarn is a mountain lake that is formed by glaciers.)

This walk also started by taking you to and then up Malham cove. This time, we made sure that we were on the nice, paved trail that didn't require any river crossing. Turns out that this trail runs right along an old barn in Malham that we checked out.

As we approached the cove this time, we discovered that a bunch of cows had made the trail and its surrounding area their hangout and nap spot.

After dodging some sleeping and awake cows, we spent a little more time checking out the cliffs and the area where the water flows out of the ground below the cliffs at the start of the river.

We noticed some climbing carabiners, so these cliffs clearly are a climbing spot - but all the routes that we saw looked really hard.

Feeling inspired, we did a little bouldering to get up a rock along the river. We got some pics from the top and then climbed back down. I may have lost my balance coming down and fell onto my butt. I bruised my elbow but "walked it off like a champ" according to Dylan.

After hiking the steps to the top of the cliffs once more, we followed a different set of markers than the day before. These markers led us through sheep pastures, across rocky paths, and through some more cliffs.

Along this path, we also came across the Malham "sink," which is where a stream of water flowing out of the tarn suddenly disappears into the ground - only to reappear later.

Eventually, we came upon the tarn! We walked a little ways around the lake, which had some pretty trees and cliffs surrounding it.

For this walk, we returned the way we came, running into more cows and sheep and even some horses as we enoyed the scenic views along the way.

This picture doesn't look like all that much, but it does a good job of documenting how parts of our walk seemed to involve just picking a random path through a bunch of rolling pastures. All we could do was hope that we came across small wooden signs with markers assuring us that we were on the right track every once in a while.

As we made it back into Malham, I also made sure to get a picture of the chicken coops in town that provided the free range eggs that we enjoyed for breakfast. All in all, we saw a barn, dozens of cows, dozens of sheep, two horses, and a handful of chickens today. We are hoping that we don't get asked by airport security if we have visited any farms on our travels. Because it seems like the Yorkshire Dales are one giant farm.


We ended the day once again with a great dinner in front of the fire in our pub/hotel. I had really enjoyed the bangers and mash that I ordered the night before, and this night I got their famed steak and ale pie. Yum!