Malham Cove, Malham, England

The pool below Malham Cove

rock climber climbing up base of Malham Cove
  Malham Cove :: Malham, Yorkshire Dales, England ::
Malham Cove is a huge curving amphitheatre of different types and formations of limestone rock. It’s vertical face at its base is a cliff that is about 260 feet high (8o meters high, 300 meters wide) and is a hotspot as one would guess for rockclimbing. The top of the cove is a large area of deeply eroded limestone pavement with a strange pattern rarely seen in England. water sculpted surfaces abundantly fissured with joints widened and deepened by solution occured during soil and glacial drift. This was once a magnificent waterfall which stopped flowing sometime in the 18th century except during periods of exceptionally heavy rainfall. The Cove overlooks and guards the village of Malham and is one of England’s spectacular geological attractions. More can be learned at

Limestone pavement atop Malham Cove

limestone pavement of Malham Cove

Sir Thomas Leaf and Lady Vanessa of the Rhine
with Malham Cove in the background
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