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A stile free circular walk around Malham Tarn

This is an easy circular route on unmade tracks and quiet country roads.

The route has been tested using a TerrainHopper, Tramper and a mountain trike. The terrain is generally flat, but it can get muddy in some areas.

The trek begins at the Malham Tarn Office, grid ref: SD886674, where you are able to hire out an all-terrain wheelchair from the National Trust Estate Office. The Tramper is available to borrow Mondays – Fridays between 10am – 2pm, you will need to book it in advance by calling on 01729 830416 or send an email to

Following the contours of the tarn, the route basses behind the outdoor Tarn House and continues through the woodlands to the the tarn. Follow the stone path along the coast of the tarn. Proceed through the gate. Take the grassy path to your right, around the edge of the woodland, and continue along to the shore again. Taking care, turn right onto the road and continue to the crossroads, then turn right. Continue on, then turn right at the T-junction, signposted to Arncliffe. After about ¼ mile (400m), turn right through a gate and on to a stone track which takes you around the edge of the reserve.


Where do I park?

Free parking at Malham Tarn office, BD24 9PT

What map do I need

Facilities nearby

Toilet (not wheelchair accessible) at Orchid House behind Tarn House

Accessible toilets are available in Malham village.

Visitor centre in Malham is wheelchair accessible.

Film credit: The Outdoor Guide


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