Park at the Quarry car park BD24 9PT just off road from Malham to Malham Tarn Field Studies Centre.
Wheelchair accessible from quarry car park. Initial 100 meters along road and then 100 meters along a rough but flat lane. The board walk is 800 meters of flat boards specially designed for wheelchair use.
No facilities on site. Toilets and cafes are 4 miles away in Malham village. Toilet sometimes open at the ‘Orchid House’ in the hillside adjacent to Tarn House.
1 km (800 meters on board walk and a 400 meters getting to and from the quarry)
- Park in the quarry car park. Turn right along road until first gate on left.
- Go back on yourself through gate and along Pot Hole lane until the National Trust sign on right.
- Go straight through gate and walk the circuit in an anticlockwise direction. Return to quarry.
- If without a wheelchair or pushchair it is possible to continue along the board walk towards the Tarn (lake) and exit onto Tarn West drive where you turn left and left again down Pot Hole Lane to arrive at the entrance to the board walk.
- Or turn right along Tarn West Drive and continue along the lane which is the Pennine Way to Tarn House. This has been a dwelling for 400 years but the present building now a Field Centre was built as a shooting lodge for James Lister of Gisburn .
What to look for
- Malham Tarn is a glacial lake and at 377 metres it is the highest lake in England, and one of only eight upland alkaline lakes in Europe. Its geology, flora and fauna have led to it being listed under a number of conservation designations. The site is currently owned by the National Trust, who lease part of the site to the Field Studies Council who offer residential and non-residential field courses there. The site was the inspiration for Charles Kingsley’s 1863 novel, The Water-Babies.
- Tarn Moss is an area of raised bog and fen which has developed at the mouth of the streams feeding the Tarn from Fountains Fell. It is home to a unique community of rare plants. Look for insect eating sundew, ragged robin, globe flowers, bog bean, marsh orchids, marsh cinquefoil. Pollen samples show evidence that this was oak and pine forest before the last Ice Age.