The area around Malham, Yorkshire Dales Location map
 
  View from the top of Malham Cove looking south towards Malham, Yorkshire Dales, North Yorkshire, England   View from the top of Malham Cove.

This view is looking south towards Malham and the path to the bottom of the cove is easily seen together with the village of Malham on the left in the middle distance.

 

 

Photograph: Graham Jackman

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  Limestone pavement at Malham Cove, Malham, Yorkshire Dales, North Yorkshire, England   Limestone pavement on top of the cliffs at Malham Cove.

Malham Cove is fairly interesting and impressive from the bottom but unless you walk up onto the top you will miss the most interesting part as shown in this view.

Weathering forms this remarkable feature as water trickles down the joints and dissolves the limestone. This forms blocks, also known as 'Clints', and crevices, also known as 'Grykes'.

 

Photograph: Lou Johnson

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  The dry valley above Malham Cove, Yorkshire Dales, North Yorkshire, England   The dry valley above Malham Cove.

This valley used to carry the stream that would have poured over Malham Cove before the water disappeared underground.

Interestingly the stream that now flows out of the bottom of the cliffs at Malham Cove is not the one that used to flow over the top. The current stream emanates from Malham Tarn.

 

Photograph: Graham Jackman

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