We recently stayed up in the Yorkshire Dales in a little village called Grassington. On our first full day we decided to go visit the scene from Harry Potter and the deathly hallows at the limestone footpath at the top of Malham Cove. Parking for this is down in Malham itself at the visitor center car park or on the road just outside if you get there early enough. The Parking was £4.50 for over 2 hours and £5 for 24 hours, not sure of the difference !
The walk from the car park to the cove takes around 25 minutes or so. The bottom of the cove is a lovely place to sit and admire it for a while with little streams full of rocks . The limestone footpath however takes a little more effort to get to. As you look at the cove there are some steps on the left which you need to climb to reach the top. There are approximately 400 steps to the top but there are plenty of opportunities to sit and admire the view as you climb. When you do reach the top the view is spectacular and the limestone path is something to see.
The limestone path is beautiful to look at but take care when walking on it as there are some deep cracks and crevices that can easily break an ankle. Good walking boots are a must. We walked around the top for a while looking at all the views trying to avoid all the crowds. The image above is a long exposure of 53 seconds so as the people move around they are removed from the scene by the static scenery . There was the odd blur to remove but far cleaner than with all the crowds trying to enjoy the scene themselves.
After a while we decided to move on but instead of heading down the 400 steps we decided to walk along the top towards Gordale Scar and Janets foss. Just head in the opposite direction to the steps and the path becomes fairly obvious. Its a fair walk and the whole walk from the bottom up to the top around Gordale scar past Janets Foss and back down to Malham and along to the car probably took us around 4 or 5 hours but we are not the fastest walkers and we took plenty of rest along the way also stopping to take images so i am sure this could be done in half the time it took us.
There were a few places in Malham to get some refreshments after the walk but as we found in the whole of the Dales everywhere seems to close early so dont leave it to late in the day to get back for a well earned drink and bite to eat.