Malham Tarn, Malham

#6 of 9 in Nature in Yorkshire Dales National Park
Water Body Nature / Park
Malham Tarn is a glacial lake near the village of Malham in the Yorkshire Dales, England. The lake is one of only eight upland alkaline lakes in Europe. At a an altitude of 377m above sea level it is the highest marl lake in the United Kingdom. Its geology, flora and fauna have led to it being listed under a number of conservation designations. The site is currently owned by the National Trust, who lease part of the site to the Field Studies Council who offer residential and non-residential field courses there. The site was the inspiration for Charles Kingsley's 1863 novel, The Water-Babies, A Fairy Tale for a Land Baby.
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  • You can walk round the tarn although part of the route is on a quite road. The route through the nature reserve has the best views and there are also facilities for bird watching and picnicking  more »
  • Take a walk around the lake and enjoy the splendid views, as well as watching the bird life in and around the lake when walking on a special made boardwalk in the North-Easterly part of the lake. Enjo...  more »
  • We had such a nice walk to this tarn. The views are amazing. Well worth the walk. Take your dog, camera and kids.  more »

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