Malham Tarn, Malham

Categories: Bodies of Water, Nature & Parks
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4.1/5 based on 150+ reviews on the web
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 Malham for a couple of days I came up to the tarn for a walk around. Parking is free and even though a lot of rain had been put down over the last few days, if you stuck to the footpath fro...  read more »
  • If you're looking for bright lights, commercial restaurants and pubs you're better off heading to a town. For people looking for peace and quite, beautiful scenery and fresh air this is the place. The...  read more »
  • Beautiful tarn. Nothing but walking but it is flat around the tarn. Didn't stay long. Needs more time to explore than we had allowed. 
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