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Malham Tarn

Malham Tarn, Settle, BD24, United Kingdom | 0344 800 1895 | Website


Outdoors - Chapter 4

A delightful wheel/walk to Malham Tarn



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This review is especially helpful for those who have or use the following: Wheelchair, Mobility Scooter


This accessible route stars either at Watersinks car park - with the first section over undulating grass - or just up the road from an informal parking area in which case it follows a track all the way. It's an out and back outing so you can turn back anytime you like. Lovely views over the tarn. Good surface generally (when on the track) but robust wheels an advantage and indeed a necessity if using the grassy route from Watersinks.

Transport & Parking


At Watersinks there's a formal car park - gravel, smallish and no blue badge spaces. The surface is uneven and you'll have to pick your spot to transition from car park to path - there's a sizeable step most of the way round but it's more level, if a little uneven, in some places. Further along the road (drive on with Watersinks on the left) there's an informal parking area which I believe leads to the same gravel track. However we used Watersinks successfully.



The gravel track is great. The grassy route from car park (first fifteen minutes or so) is a bit more technical and you need to keep your wits about you - it's obviously uneven. Rugged wheels a must for the grass. I've mentioned the other car park (even though we didn't use it) as it means there's no need to cross the grass at all. We went all along the track to Tarn House. Once we passed through the grounds of the house, the track descended passing a picnic area (not level!) and went down to the boardwalk - wheelchairs are not permitted. The top bit of this track is quite steep and extra help may be needed. We passed the Bird Hide lower down which we took a detour to - it was accessible. Then we returned the way we came. Round trip was a couple of hours including a lunch stop.



There's a public loo in outbuildings by Tarn House. I didn't use it as a group of ramblers arrived and were waiting to use it! So I've no idea what it was like and how suitable it is.



Not staffed.


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