Malham Tarn, Malham

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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 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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  • Stayed at Malham Tarn with the Field Studies Council. Google "real family holidays". We went as a family, mum, and two kids. 4&6 yrs or age. A nature themed week in the Yorkshire Dales. Great location...  more »
  • Lovely walk around the tarn on our Pennine Way walk. Great stop for a picnic lunch too. Would recommend a visit along with the Cove.  more »
  • We eventually found out how to get close having driven almost everywhere in the countryside it's not very well advertised by way of signs and sat nav takes you all around the world but when we finally...  more »
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  • A great place to walk. There is a small car park serving both the tarn and the cove which is free. A small stretch of the path is part of the Pennine Way. A toilet is available at the Field Centre, which also has a small information room on the fauna and flora that can be seen. At the far end of the path is a circular board walk.
  • A beautiful, away from it all place for walking, birdwatching or simply communing with nature!
  • Excellent place for the while family.
  • Very good place to rest after long walk from Malham- Janet's Foss-Gordale Scar-Limestones Pavement and it's peaceful!
  • What a lovely Tarn. The only other Tarn I have seen better than this was Blea Tarn and Innominate Tarn in the Lake Dictrict. Oh, and Sprinkling Tarn. However, Malham Cove is rubbish. Just some rocks, and not particularly good ones. Come on Yorkshire - up your game!

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