Pennine Way Stage 7

Pennine Way view of Pen y Ghent and Ingleborough 

National Trail Acorn 

 Pennine Way Stage 7 Malham to Horton in Ribblesdale simple map

Rating for this walk is Medium!

Malham bus service accommodation available camping food available shop


Horton in Ribblesdale train service bus service accommodation available camping food available shop

25 kilometres / 15 miles linear walk

approx walking time 6 hours

Highlights Malham Cove, Limestone Pavement, Malham Tarn, Fountains Fell with views of the Three Peaks and Pen y ghent

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European Walking Route E2

Ordnance Survey Explorer 1:25 000 Map 

Although this stage is only 15 miles long it does pack a lot into it including the iconic Malham Cove topped with its classic limestone pavement, a dry limestone valley, Malham Tarn, the climb up and over Fountains Fell revealing views of the Yorkshire Three Peaks, Penyghent, Whernside and Ingleborough and the grand finale the steep climb up and over Penyghent itself, before the respite of the Penyghent Cafe in Horton in Ribblesdale for a great mug of tea. You could of course go for a pint instead!

Malham Cove

Malham Tarn ice creamMalham Tarn

On Saturday and Sunday in the Summer you can get an ice cream and other goodies from the caravan on the road before Malham Tarn

waymark crossing the Arncliff Road toward Tennant Gill Farm

After crossing the Arncliffe road the way utilises the wide track up to Tennant Gill Farm turning left before the entrance, dipping down past the barn on the right hand side and climbing up onto a grass field.

Tennant Gill Farm grass track leaving Tennant Gill Farm

A stile in the wall to the left of a field gate in front of you is the next target as the ascent of Fountains Fell begins.

stile above Tennant Gillleft over stile

Over the stile drop down to a swing gate that is loosing its spring! Please make sure it closes before going left up the field ignoring the stake on the right.

along ruined wall further along ruined wall

The path quickly arrives at another signpost indicating the way along the right hand side of a ruined wall.

crossing Tennant Gill  Tennant Gill

new stone path Bridge over Darnbrook Beck Darnbrook Beck

high point of the Pennine Way on Fountains Fell looking towards Pen y Ghent

Three Peaks of Yorkshire from Fountains Fell

who's being honestalpine plant in wall

Churn Milk Hole track towards Pen y Ghent

 start of duck board Pen y Ghent starting the climb up Pen y Ghent 

waymark disc on rock whilst climbing pen y Ghent path levels out on Pen y Ghent summit

Pen y Ghent trig point Pen y Ghent summit exit




Malham Youth Hostel Malham Youth Hostel

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 Pennine Way Damian Hall  Trailblazer Guide to walking the Pennine WayA Wainwright Pennine Way Companion The Pennine Way by Paddy Dillon Cicerone

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