Malham Tarn, Malham
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Malham Tarn is a glacial lake near the village of Malham in the Yorkshire Dales, England. It is 377m above sea level, making it the highest lake in England. The lake is one of only eight upland alkaline lakes in Europe. 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.GeographyMalham Tarn is situated in the Yorkshire Dales, a national park in the Yorkshire Pennines. It lies approximately 25mi north-west of Bradford and about 2.5mi north of the nearest settlement, Malham.At 377m above sea level it is the highest lake in England and the highest marl lake in Great Britain. The lake is one of only eight upland alkaline lakes in Europe having a pH between 8.0 and 8.6. The catchment area of the lake is 600ha and the main inflow is a stream at the lake's north-west corner. The lake is 4.4m at its deepest, with an average depth of 2.4m and the surface area is 62ha. It takes approximately 11 weeks for water to leave the lake after it has entered. The primary outflow is a small stream at the southern end of the lake. The outflow stream goes underground after approximately 500m before emerging downstream of Malham Cove as a source of the River Aire.
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  • Staying in Long Preston for a week but unable to get a bus, so my partner had to drive. Parked up on a rough parking space near Home Farm. It was a beautiful sunny winters day, 10C and we did the 5 mi...  more »
  • This was about half way on our walk from Malham. It is a beautiful tarn and it was half frozen over when we visited. It would have been great had there been something here to offer refreshments and si...  more »
  • As long as there aren't any sheep, it's a great place to let yr dogs run and lovely scenery. Would recommend a visit.