Gordale Scar, Malham

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Geologic Formation · Nature / Park
Gordale Scar is a limestone ravine 1 mile (1.6 km) northeast of Malham, North Yorkshire, England. It contains two waterfalls and has overhanging limestone cliffs over 330 feet (100 m) high. The gorge could have been formed by water from melting glaciers or a cavern collapse. The stream flowing through the scar is Gordale Beck, which on leaving the gorge flows over Janet's Foss before joining Malham Beck 2 miles (3 km) downstream to form the River Aire. A right of way leads up the gorge, but requires climbing approximately 10 feet (3 m) of tufa at the lower waterfall.

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  • There is plenty paid parking if you are considerate and don't want to narrow the road and it only cost £5 all day. From the car park opposite the motorhome site turn right and walk towards the...  more »
  • We drove an hour to do this walk and was not disappointed. We started the loop at Janet Foss, progressing to the scar then cove. We're really glad we did the loop that way round as we walked down the....  more »
  • It is one of the most beautiful campsites I have ever been on once you get past that gate. The owner has a thing about gathering things and sorting them in. To nice piles. We pitched next to a stream and the sound of running water was so relaxing.
  • Easy to combine with Malham cove. An impressive gorge with a waterfall. Adventurous people might scramble past but only when the water level is lower, and still needs experience
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