Malham Cove Parking
Information about Parking in Malham Cove
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Malham Cove is a substantially sized curved structure of limestone, that resides north of Malham village in North Yorkshire. A waterfall which brought meltwater from glaciers during the culmination of the last Ice Age, more than 12,000 years ago was how Malham Cove was created.
The Cove is surrounded by numerous streams, some of which you can follow on trails, some which go underground and twists and turns to unknown depths. Experiments have found that there is a complicated system of caves and tunnels running through the limestone cliff, of which is suggested to be around 50,000 years old. In December 2015, Malham Cove became a waterfall for the first time in many centuries due to the substantial rainfall that fell due to Storm Desmond, despite the cave’s structure usually being able to carry water away before it gets to the fall.
Today, Malham Cove is a popularly recognised site in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. It is highly popular with cave divers and climbers, for both sport and traditional types including rock climbing. The Cove was not only featured in a BBC television series, ‘Seven Natural Wonders’, it was also a shooting location for ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part one.’ Harry and Hermione set up camp on top of the cove on the limestone pavement and look out across the Malhamdale and Malham village.
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Parking at Malham Cove
There is no parking at the site of Malham Cove. The main car park in Malham is the Yorkshire Dales National Park centre. There are plentiful parking spaces, however no parking bays for blue badge holders, though they are welcome to park and there are accessible trails. It is then a 20 minute walk to get to the bottom trail of Malham Cove.
The car park is open Monday to Sunday 6.00am to 12.00am.
- Up to two hours - £2.70
- Over two hours - £4.80
Long stay charge:
This allows overnight parking of unoccupied vehicles only.
- 24 hours - £5.00
- 48 hours - £7.50
7 day ticket:
- £15.00 - This is valid in all National Park Authority and Richmondshire District Council car parks.
The two below links will provide parking information in the Yorkshire Dales and getting to and from Malham Cove:
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The nearest train station is Gargrave train station (BD23 3NE), this is a 22 minute car ride away or a 47 minute bus journey.
It has direct departures to Skipton and Carlisle and arrivals from Leeds and Morecambe.
See the Northern Railway page for information on timetables and route planners.
The local buses on route 210 and 211 run daily throughout the week from Skipton via Gargrave.
The number 75 service runs every Saturday throughout the summer. The 873 and 884 runs on Sundays, as well as throughout the winter months, this is by Cravelink buses.
The 881 Coast and Cove Dalebus service from Malham to Lancaster and Morecambe via numerous towns runs Sundays from April to October.
For additional information about bus services within the Yorkshire Dales, see https://www.dalesbus.org/.
Malham resides 10 miles away from Skipton, five miles from Settle and 21 miles from the end of the M65 which starts at Preston.
It can also be reached via the A65 A road and M6 motorway. The M6 runs through the North West and into the Midlands.
Use either Google maps or AA route planner or any other app or site which is able to provide directions.
Sat nav postcode for Malham Cove: BD23 4DJ
The Yorkshire Dales National Park Centre is a 20 minute walk away from the bottom of Malham Cove.
Leeds Bradford airport lies the closest airport to Malham Cove, with flights domestically across England and internationally within Europe.
It is a one hour three minute car drive or a two and a half hour multiple bus and train journey away.
Disabled Parking at Malham Cove
There are no specific parking blue badge bays in the Yorkshire Dales National Park Centre, however, there are ample spaces available. Take note the surface is rocky and uneven. However, there are many accessible trails and tracks for wheelchair users and those who may not be able to walk far.
Parking charges apply to disabled blue badge holders and the charge for over two hours is £4.80.
To search for the disabled car park that is closest to Malham Cove, see the Blue Badge Parking website.
Electric vehicle charging stations are available at several locations in Malham. The closest ones to Malham Cove are:
- Grassington National Park
- The Coniston Hotel
A network of all electric vehicle charging points can be found on the government's Go Ultra low website.
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Overnight, Weekends & Bank Holidays
Parking charges occur Monday through Sunday including bank holidays.
There is no overnight parking for those who wish to camp in their vehicles. However overnight parking for empty vehicles is charged at a rate of £5.00 for 24 hours and £7.50 for 48 hours.
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How long does it take to walk up Malham Cove?
Give yourself around three hours for the circular walk from Malham via Gordale Scar and Malham Cove. It is around 7.6 miles and a height of over 360 metres to be climbed.
Where is Malham Cove?
Malham Cove lies close to the village of Malham in the Yorkshire Dales in North Yorkshire.
Is there free parking at Malham Cove?
No, parking is at a charge in the Yorkshire Dales National Centre car park for up to two hours being £2.70 and over two hours being £4.80.
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