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Malham Cove above Malham village seen from the path by Malham Beck as we approached the village near the end of our walk
Malham Cove above Malham village seen from the path by Malham Beck as we approached the village near the end of our walk

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Route No. 773 - Thursday 2 May 2019
Malham, Cow Close Lane, Kirkby Malham,
Scalegill Mill, Malham Beck circuit - 6km
Malhamdale, Yorkshire Dales . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

Map: OS Explorer OL2 Yorkshire Dales Southern & Western areas


The start of our walk at the Yorkshire Dales Centre car park at Malham
The start of our walk at the Yorkshire Dales Centre car park at Malham

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Setting off along the lane by the car park
Setting off along the lane by the car park

Following the lane towards Thistlebar Barn
Following the lane towards Thistlebar Barn

Passing Hall Close
Passing Hall Close

From the fork in the track the track climbed gently for about 200m and then dropped down to a ford across a small beck at Thistlebar Barn. From this ford we followed the track up to Hall Close farm. About 60m beyond Hall Close the track bent round to our left heading for the buildings named on the OS explorer map as Translands.

This morning my friend, Jim, and I drove to the Yorkshire Dales National Park Centre car park in Malham at map ref. SD 899 627. From the southern edge of the car park we set off heading west along a walled stony track. After about 50m the track forked and we continued straight ahead along the left hand fork.

Where the lane forked we kept to the left fork
Where the lane forked we kept to the left fork

Dropping down to the ford at Thistlebar Barn
Dropping down to the ford at Thistlebar Barn

Hardy Dales Ponies at Hall Close
Hardy Dales Ponies at Hall Close

Turning right off the track before it reached Translands
Turning right off the track before it reached Translands

Welsh Balwen Sheep by the path
Welsh Balwen Sheep by the path

Passing Ploughleys Barn
Passing Ploughleys Barn

Looking south east across Malhamdale from the ladder stile
Looking south east across Malhamdale from the ladder stile

At the brow of the hill we passed through a gateway and dropped down to Ploughleys Barn which we passed on our left. We continued along the public footpath following a farm track and then across sheep pasture heading towards the buildings of Acraplatts farm.

On the outside of the bend there was a stile and public footpath marker where the path turned right off the track and followed the field edge parallel to the track at first and then up the hillside near the field wall.

Gateway down to Ploughleys Barn
Gateway down to Ploughleys Barn

From the ladder stile we could see Acrsplatts farm ahead
From the ladder stile we could see Acraplatts farm ahead

Crossing the field from the ladder stile towards Acraplatts
Crossing the field from the ladder stile towards Acraplatts

We kept straight ahead from the stile by-passing the buildings ar Acraplatts
We kept straight ahead from the stile by-passing the buildings at Acraplatts

Through the gate the path dropps down to a small beck
Through the gate the path drops down to a small beck

We headed to a wooden field gate on the far side of the field. Through the gate the route of the footpath followed a farm track down to a stone slab bridge across a small beck called Translands Beck on my OS Explorer map.

We dropped down to the edge of the field where there was a stone step stile over the wall. From this stile the route of the path bent to our left, bypassing the farm on our right.

Stone slab bridge over the beck
Stone slab bridge over the beck

We passed to the right of the telgraph pole and kept left of the small ruin ahead
We passed to the right of the telegraph pole and kept left of the small ruin ahead

Looking back to our route past the ruin and the telegraph pole
Looking back to our route past the ruin and the telegraph pole

Stile at the top of the next field onto the access track
Stile at the top of the next field onto the access track

We crossed this field to a gate to the left of a small ruin by the wall at the top edge of the field. Through the gate we climbed up a bank onto a wide stony access track. This was the highest point on our walk at 300m above sea level.

From the beck we continued along the route of the path (not well defined on the ground) climbing up the next field and passing to the right of a telegraph pole and then to the left of a ruin in the middle of the field. At the top edge of the field we came to a stone step stile over the wall into the next field.

Stone step stile at the top of the field
Stone step stile at the top of the field

We turned left to join the access track at 300m above sea level
We turned left to join the access track at 300m above sea level

Looking north to a hazy view of Malham Cove beyond the trees
Looking north to a hazy view of Malham Cove beyond the trees (See route 467)

Looking north east to Weets Top
Looking north east to Weets Top (See route 589)

As we had climbed up from Malham the views to the east and to the north had just got better and now we could see Malham Cove to the north and the line of hills from Weets Top to the north east round to Flasby Fell in the south east.

Looking southeast to the twin peaks of Flasby Fell, Rough Haw & Sharp Haw
Looking southeast to the twin peaks of Flasby Fell, Rough Haw & Sharp Haw (See route 460)

Walking along the access track towards Kirkby Malham
Walking along the access track towards Kirkby Malham

The road down to Kirkby Malham
The road down to Kirkby Malham

Entering Kirkby Malham past the church
Entering Kirkby Malham past the church

The name of the road here had changed to Cow Close Lane as we walked into Kirkby Malham with the village church on our right. We came to the main road through the village at a sharp right hand bend. From this bend we followed the main road out of the village heading towards Malham.

At the wide stony track we turned left and walked along the track for about 300m to a public road called Grains Lane. At the road we turned to our left following the road towards Kirkby Malham.

Junction of the access track with the road called Grains Lane
Junction of the access track with the road called Grains Lane

The road down to Kirkby Malham
The road down to Kirkby Malham

The church at Kirkby Malham seen from the road
The church at Kirkby Malham seen from the road

From this junction we followed the main road out of Kirkby Malham
From this junction we followed the main road out of Kirkby Malham

Leaving Kirkby Malham on the road towards Malham
Leaving Kirkby Malham on the road towards Malham

Steps off the lane to the field path
Steps off the lane to the field path

Following the field path down to Scalegill Mill
Following the field path down to Scalegill Mill

The steps led up a bank to a gated stile over the wall. From the stile we continued along a clear path across the field to a squeeze stile in the wall at the far side of the field. We followed the path across the fields dropping down towards Scalegill Mill beside the River Aire.

On the edge of the village an access track, called Cock Thorns Lane, crossed the main road and we turned off the main road onto this track. Immediately we had turned off the main road we turned left off the track up some steps.

Turning off the Malham Road at Cock Thorns Lan
Turning off the Malham Road at Cock Thorns Lane

We followed the path across the field to a stone squeeze stile
We followed the path across the field to a stone squeeze stile

Following the field path down to Scalegill Mill
Following the field path down to Scalegill Mill

Dropping down to the footpath around Scalegill Mill
Dropping down to the footpath around Scalegill Mill

Start of the footpath around Scalegill Mill
Start of the footpath around Scalegill Mill

Footpath leaving Scalegill Mill
Footpath leaving Scalegill Mill

Mother duck and her brood hiding in the reeds
Mother duck and her brood hiding in the reeds

From the seat where there was a very pleasant view across the little valley. We continued along the path past Aire Head where Goredale Beck, flowing out of Goredale Scar to the north east of our position, and Malham Beck, flowing through Malham village from Malham Cove, come together to become the River Aire.

As we approached the mill there was a pedestrian gate to the left of the driveway into the mill. We passed through the pedestrian gate to bypass the mill. Just beyond the mill buildings the path took us by the long narrow mill pond. A little way past the mill pond we sat on a seat by the path for a drink.

Footpath around the buildings at Scalegill Mill
Footpath around the buildings at Scalegill Mill

Part of the long narrow mill pond at Scalegill Mill
Part of the long narrow mill pond at Scalegill Mill

We sat here for a drink
We sat here for a drink

Heading back to Malham with the Malham Beck away to our right
Heading back to Malham with the Malham Beck away to our right

Path across the fields back to Malham
Path across the fields back to Malham

Stone slab bridge over Tranlands beck
Stone slab bridge over Translands Beck

Path leading to the road opposite the Methodist Chapel
Path leading to the road opposite the Methodist Chapel

From the cafe we returned along Chapel Gate to the National Park centre car park and the end of our walk. The whole route had been 6km and it had taken me about two and a half hours to walk. Even though I'm limited to about 6 to 8 km nowadays I can still get to some lovely countryside.

Our path followed Malham Beck across the fields to the road, called Chapel Gate, into Malham. The path came out onto the road in front of the Methodist Chapel and just along the road a few metres there is a cafe where we had our usual coffee and bacon roll.

Path across the fields back to Malham
Path across the fields back to Malham

Path back to Malham next to Malham Beck
Path back to Malham next to Malham Beck

Gate onto the road in Malham
Gate onto the road in Malham

Returning to the car part at the Yorkshire Dales National Park visitor centre in Malham
Returning to the car part at the Yorkshire Dales National Park visitor centre in Malham

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