Malham is located midway between Scotland and London so hosts many guests stopping off for a few days on what otherwise would be a long and tiring drive. Malham is also equidistant between the City of York, Bronte's village of Haworth, Emmerdales spiritual home of Esholt, Beatrix Potter's Lake District and Hadrians' Wall. So for visitors seeing the Northern parts of England, Beck Hall makes an ideal stopping off point.
Bolton Abbey is 18 miles from Beck Hall. There are walks galore, and guided tours of the ruined Abbey. Beck Hall once belonged to the abbey, so you can appreciate the geographic scope of the its influence before the Reformation.
|Skipton and its 900 year old castle is 25 minutes or 9 miles from Beck Hall and has lovely shops, a Market in 3 days of the week and the Leeds/Liverpool Canal running through it. There are delightful walks again along the canal towpath, perhaps finished with Fish & Chips at the award winning Bizzie Lizzies.|
Starting in Settle (6 miles, 20 minutes) trains run on a regular schedule to Carlisle, over the world famous Settle-Carlisle Railway. The railway's most well known feature, the Ribbleshead Viaduct, is located 20 miles North of Settle. There are occasional Steam Days, but most of the rolling stock on this line are diesel rail units.
The Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway run steam trips on their line between Embsay and Bolton Abbey on most weekends and school holidays. Some days they run their Stately rolling stock and have special events such as the Strawberry Special.
Harrogate is home to RHS Harlow Carr garden (18 miles, 50 minutes) which for the avid gardener can take a whole weekend to see all the displays.
|Ingleborough Caves and Stump Cross Caverns are a fantastic day out at any time of the year.|
Brimham Rocks is 20 miles or 50 minutes away, past Harrogate and Pateley Bridge, and is a fantastic giants playground of boulders as large as houses. Guaranteed to make every child weary by the end of a day rock climbing.
Haworth, home of the Bronte Sister's is 22 miles or 50 minutes drive away with
a multitude of small shops, and the sister's Parsonage home open as a museum.
The number one thing that visitors come to Malham for is the stunning scenery and huge variety of walks literally from our doorstep. The Pennine Way runs past us, from Lothersdale/Cowling to the South, and then North to Horton-In-Ribblesdale. There are also the favourite walks to Malham Cove (30 minutes, 1 mile) and Gordale Scar and Janet's Foss (45 minutes, 2 miles). Or the Malham circular encompassing all three natural features along with Malham Tarn, which takes half a day and covers 3 1/2 miles or 7 miles depending on route. Here is an adobe acrobat map of the walks around Malham. There are also ramble's to Settle, Hanlith Weets Top, Grassington, Arncliffe and Kilnsey Crag. This link describes the geological features around Malham and has some great pictures and diagrams.
Pre-booked bike hire is available in nearby Settle for £15 a day, and if you bring your own bike we have lockable storage behind Beck Hall.
There are swimming pools at Skipton and Settle, both of which are open all week.
Coniston Cold Hotel is 6 miles away and offers Falconry handling, Land Rover off road expeditions, Clay Pigeon shooting, Archery and fly fishing
The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority have also documented many ancient ruins and archaeology sites, the list is at www.outofoblivion.org.uk
Fishing is available nearby, either at Coniston Cold or at Malham Tarn via the National Trust. Malham Beck plays host to a fish every so often, but with herons and Kingfishers, ducks and mink about it's not a good fishing spot.
There is serious climbing fun to be had at Gordale Scar and at Malham Cove.
Between March and early August the
RSPB run a daily Spring and Summer service at the Cove where you can watch the Peregrine Falcons'
using the provided high power telescopes. The Peregrine Falcon has been
described as the Ferrari of the air, reaching speeds of 200mph!
Malham is always a beautiful place to photograph, looking at flickr or other galleries
will show the breadth of landscape, architecture and group photographs that people
take. We are lucky at Beck Hall that two organisers of group photography holidays
chose to use us for their accommodation. If you would like to take part in a learning holiday then
we are happy recommend both Magnetic North and
fotodayz who will ensure you have a great time and make new friends.
For more information on things to see and do in Malhamdale, please do click onto the
excellent malhamdale.com website.
Photos on this page are linked from the sites referred to in this page. Rights are property of the site owners.
For more information on things to see and do in Malhamdale, please do click onto the excellent malhamdale.com website. Photos on this page are linked from the sites referred to in this page. Rights are property of the site owners.