Malham Cove

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Malham Cove

As well as Turner, Malham has inspired artists and writers such as Ward, Wordsworth and Kingsley, with its stunning cliffs, crags and scars. Standing some 80 metres high and 300 metres wide and north of the mid craven fault, Malham Cove is a curved crag of carboniferous limestone formed after the last ice age.

Turner visited Malham Cove twice: in 1808, when making a visit to the Craven Dales area where he sketched around Ingleton and Malham, and again in 1816 during his extensive tour of Yorkshire.  On both occasions he appears to have put up at nearby Malham.


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Turner's Viewpoint

Any sketch that Turner might have made in 1808 has disappeared, however Turner painted a superb watercolour of Malham Cove from his sketches, which he finished around 1809-1810 (Malham Cove, The British Museum, Wilton number: 533).  This is one of the first watercolours to give a vivid and convincing sense of weather as might be typically encountered in a Pennine village.

Turner's viewpoint is perfectly recognisable on the path to the cove in the second field on the walk up from the village and the view is unchanged except for the growth of trees.  It can only be accessed on foot from Malham Village, where there are car park facilities next to the National Park Centre.

Discover The Landscape


Turner's paintings and sketches around Malham are interpreted through four geocaches hidden in secret locations near his viewpoints, including Malham Cove. Geocaching is a form of treasure hunting using Global Positioning System (GPS) devices and Ordnance Survey maps to locate carefully concealed caches. Find out all about it here.

The Venue


Malham Cove, near Malham, North Yorkshire, BD23 4DJ

Map reference: SD897637

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Directions to Malham Cove:

Turn off the A65 at Gargrave and continue through the villages of Airton and Kirkby Malham to Malham. Malham National Park Centre is found as you enter the village of Malham from the south.

The National Trust runs a shuttle bus to Malham Tarn and Malham village every weekend and bank holiday from Easter to October. It travels between Ilkley, Addingham, Skipton bus station and railway station, Settle and Malham Tarn, and carries several bikes.