Malham (Viking for settlement by the gravelly place) – Prior Hall holiday cottage sits in a tranquil spot, looking down on “The Jewel” of the Yorkshire Dales.

Malhamdale – ‘only 6 miles long is one of the smaller Dales and yet holds the best examples of the beauty the Yorkshire Dales has to offer’.

Malham is a truly magical place. The wildlife and landscape make the valley a place of pilgrimage for birdwatching, walking and those wanting to experience the best of the Dales – many repeat visitors confess to having fallen under the spell of Malham’s charm.

The Dales surrounding Malham hold some of the finest countryside in the entire Yorkshire Dales and Malham Cove, Malham Tarn, Gordale Scar and Janet”s Foss are all within a short walk from Prior Hall.

The Village

Only a 2 minute stroll from Prior Hall holiday cottage, the village is a picture postcard setting, with a village green and two fine old Yorkshire pubs.

The Lister Arms founded in 1766 sits conveniently down the quiet leafy lane from Prior Hall and opposite the Pinder, the ancient pen used to house stray livestock until they were claimed by their rightful owners having had to settle a small fine!

Over Monk Bridge (1636) you’ll find the Buck Inn and also the Old Smithy, still in operation today. Follow the river back to Prior Hall along the wooded conservation area and over Moone Bridge, constructed by the historic Moone family whose cattle and sheep farming rivalry led to the line “the cow jumped over the moon” in the nursery rhyme ‘Hey Diddle Diddle’.

Fancy a longer stroll? – the path running up the left hand side of Prior Hall holiday cottage is a small part of the Pennine Way and leads directly to Malham Cove of which Wordsworth wrote ‘When giants scooped from out the rocky ground, tier under tier, this semicirque profound… once a jurassic waterfall and standing at 300ft high and 900ft across it would have dwarfed Niagara’.

Malham Tarn lies up and over the Cove (climbing the stone steps to the left hand side of the Cove will lead you up and past the limestone pavement where Harry Potter camped,through the geological feature that is Malham dry valley and on to the 153 acre tarn (the highest lime rich lake in the country).

Gordale Scar lies a short walk from the holiday cottage – turning left out of the front gate head along the track to the road, go right and then next left . About a 20 minute walk along this winding road you will find Gordale Sar campsite – following the stream, you will enter a small canyon before seeing the magnificent Scar of which Wordsworth wrote in his 1818 sonnet Gordale  ‘Chasm, terrific as the lair where the young lions crouch’ – marvel at the brave walkers climbing up through warerfall and on to the Cove.

Janet’s Foss is another 20 min walk from Prior Hall holiday cottage or 5 mins from Gordale Scar – if you want a rewarding circular tour. Heading back to Malham from the Scar you will see a path on the left hand side of the road that leads to the top of this stunning mini waterfall from here you can continue following the beck along a wooded glade and back around to the village.

Malham in the Movies

Harry Potter sets up camp on the world famous limestone pavement (clints and grykes) on the top of Malham Cove.

‘The Dark Crystal’ used Gordale Scar as the entrance to the Secret Valley of the Mystics in the first fully-animatronic film by Jim Henson creator of  ‘The Muppets’.

‘The Meaning of Life’ – the grim reaper scene was filmed in a local Natural Trust barn.

Another Man’s Poison’ – Bette Davis 1952 and earlier still ‘A Boy, a Girl and a Bike’ Diana Dors 1949.

malham bridge from bus stop
smithy rear view
foss scar sign

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