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Gordale Scar Stile Free Walk

Grid reference: SD 91279 63439

Gordale Scar, Malham, Yorkshire Dales is a gigantic collapsed cave system forming a twisting gorge between limestone cliffs.

Off road parking is close to the gate at the start of the walk and a good path through the campsite has been created. The track follows alongside the Gordale Beck onto Gordale Scar. Here our paths ends and the only way out of the Scar is to re-trace your steps or climb up the waterfall.

It is a short walk, but so well worth a visit and you get a true sense of being in the middle of nowhere.

Because of the nature of the steep sides on the gorge, rocks can fall onto the path. I did the walk in a powered wheelchair, that really wasn’t designed for the rough terrain, and it struggled to pass over fallen rocks. Any loose rocks were cleared so I could move along… so just beware that you too may face this obstacle.

The walk is not suitable for manual wheelchairs.



Where do I park?

From Skipton take the A65 towards Kendal. At Gargrave, turn right, following the signs to Malham. Go past the National Park Centre on the left and then turn right at the village green and over the bridge. Carry on up Gordale Road for 1.5km and you will reach the footpath to Gordale Scar on the left-hand side.

What Map do I need?

What facilities are there?

The visitor centre in Malham is accessible and there are a few disabled parking bays (parking fees apply) in their carpark. Public toilets are also located here. An accessible toilet is available, (RADAR KEY) in their carpark.

Motoability Scooter is available to borrow from The Lister Arms


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