Gordale Scar – Things You Should Know Before You Visit

Gordale Scar

Gordale Scar is one of the Yorkshire Dales National Park’s oldest and most fascinating natural landmarks. Like the famous Malham Cove, this deep gorge was formed on the Middle Craven Fault – a 22-mile fault line running from Cumbria to The Dales. Glacial meltwater flowed through faults in the rock over a number of successive Ice Ages, leading to the collapse of several caves.

Now, the 100m limestone ravine attracts thousands upon thousands of visitors each year who wish to see this magnificent natural landmark for themselves and attempt to climb up the waterfall which flows down through the ravine.

Where to park near Gordale Scar

Malham is just a mile away from Gordale Scar and there you will find the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority Car Park. Expect to pay around £2.70 for up to two hours and £4.80 if parking for longer.  

How to get from Malham to Gordale Scar

From the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority Car Park, turn left along the road toward the centre of the village. There is a footbridge just before you reach The Buck Inn. Cross this and turn right along the wide path the pass through the wooden gate and continue ahead, walking away from Malham.

Keep walking ahead and you will pass through a number of kissing gates until you reach a wooded ravine that leads up to Janet’s Foss.

At the waterfall, there’s a path to the left. Follow this and pass through the kissing gate before turning right onto a lane. From here, follow the footpath signs to Gordale Scar.

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Campsite near Gordale Scar

The Gordale Scar Campsite is open all year and has space for 60 pitches.

Tents, caravans and motorhomes are all welcome on the quiet, picturesque campsite and facilities include a toilet block, shower block, washing up area and recycling facilities. It’s in the perfect location for exploring the Malham area and visiting Gordale Scar.

Pubs near Gordale Scar

Malham is home to two excellent country pubs – The Buck Inn and The Lister Arms.

The Lister Arms serve Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch and Dinner in their Rosette-awarded restaurant. On their menus you’ll find a superb choice of dishes, made using the finest local produce.

 Their menus are based around seasonal produce, the menus change regularly but expect all the traditional pub grub options as well as a few creative surprises!

The Buck Inn is situated in the centre of Malham village and their menus again feature excellent quality, locally sourced produce. For a light lunchtime bite, opt for one of their freshly prepared sandwiches.

If you’re after something more substantial, choices include homemade pies, burgers, Fish & Chips, Bangers and Mash plus more. Prices for sandwiches and mains at The Buck Inn start at £8.50.

To find out more about Malham, visit our Malham Cove guide or our guide to campsites near Malham.

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