Gordale Scar

Gordale Scar

Things To Do

Gordale Scar is one of the most inspirational landscapes in Yorkshire (no small claim, we know!) and as it’s just a mile from the village of Malham it’s worth walking from Malham Cove to this plunging limestone ravine. The landmark is thought to have been formed by the flow of melting glaciers during the ice ages and there’s a smooth, safe footpath from the main road into the scar.

Two waterfalls tumble within Gordale Scar and the stream that flows within it is Gordale Beck. We can’t really describe the moment when you first approach the ravine on foot as it’s one of those you’ll remember for a long time to come, but Wordsworth captured the view in a sonnet and Turner captured the view in a painting that still graces Tate Britain.

Look out for the waterfall that flows right through the scar, if you visit shortly after rainfall you’ll see it at its most spectacular and if the weather’s dry then it’s possible to climb up the dry left hand side of it for a fantastic view of it tumbling below you. We have just one more tip for those of you who walk Gordale Scar, turn your eyes upward every now and then as the skies are often dotted with Peregrine Falcons. 

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