For the benefit of anyone who’s been living in a cave for the last few years, a horcrux is a magical object that Harry Potter was on the look-out for in ‘The Deathly Hallows’.
The tiny village of Malham is only a couple of hours away from Liverpool and as such makes a great impromptu day out. Particularly as I managed to not get lost this time, as my last trip here saw me driving “up hill & down dale” for over an hour.
Situated in North Yorkshire, this place ticks all the boxes for classic British village: babbling brook – check, old world post office cum sweetshop – check, village green – check.
What’s more, Malham is a great base for walkers. On the outskirts of the village you’ll find an information centre where you can pick up maps for every level of walking ability. Nearby you’ve got the impressive Gordale Scar and Janet’s Foss. On this trip though, The Great Dane & I decided to stay close to the village and head towards the Cove.
From the information centre and where we parked, Malham Cove is about a mile walk. And what a charming walk it is. Passing by farm houses and little stone bridges, you’ll probably be tempted to stop and ogle at your surroundings. On our day out, we were cooing over calves – well, I was – until a loud honking noise disturbed the peace. Going to investigate, I came face-to-face with these guys:
These geese were very vocal and a little bit disappointed that I hadn’t brought them anything.
Following Malham Beck – the name for the stream – you’ll come to Riverside Campsite. It’s in the field beside the Cove and Malham Beck runs right through it. I’d recommend basing yourself here for a day or two – when the weather is warmer obviously.
Walking alongside the beck and dodging sheep, the cove comes in to view, looming out of nowhere. On a good day, like our visit was, there are climbers shimmying up the rock face and walkers of all ages and abilities.
We made the rather step-ridden journey to the top, and the views alone are worth it. However, it’s the limestone pavement that stands out. Hopping from one stone to the next, I thought about how vaguely familiar this was. And then it hit me – Harry Potter! Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was filmed here, even if it’s a ‘blink and you’ll miss it’ moment.Back in the town, and there’re plenty of pubs to have a well-earned pie and pint. Or so we thought. However, my companion and I chose to go for a late lunch – and none of the pubs were serving food, which was a bit of a shame. All was not lost though, as on our way back towards the motorway we stopped at The Bull for a bite to eat. And one of these:
The campsite itself is run by a friendly family who also run the farm next door. Booking can only be made by calling Mrs Moon of Town Head Farm on 01729-830287
The Bull lunch menu features epic burgers and traditionally pub grub. Go – if just for the chips cooked in dripping!
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Have you been to Malham Cove and eaten somewhere worth mentioning? Or places nearby you’d recommend to make the most of a day out? Get in touch!