One pretty British village in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales which has been named as one of the area’s most beautiful makes for the perfect staycation location. The Yorkshire Dales tourism board says Malham is “one of the most spectacular and most popular villages” in the dales with “dramatic” limestone scenery.
Its centre is just a 30-minute walk away from Malham Cove, a huge curving amphitheatre-shaped cliff formation of limestone rock, with the area’s paths featuring in films including Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
To the village’s east is Gordale Scar, an impressive limestone gorge, which for centuries was regarded as one of the natural wonders of England.
Malham is also just three minutes away from Janet’s Foss, a waterfall which is said to be home to Janet, Queen of the Fairies according to mythology.
And to make travelling around all of Malham’s beauty spots easier, the local tourist board offers a trail, with maps available from Malham National Park Centre.
In the village itself, tourists will find two top pubs – the Buck Inn, which was built in the 19th century due to rising visitor numbers, and the Lister Arms, an old coaching inn with lots of original features.
Both boozers serve food made from locally sourced ingredients along with cask ales.
For those looking for a warm drink at the end of a cool winter’s day, the Old Barn Cafe, just round the corner from the National Park Centre could be the perfect place to relax and even features a gluten-free menu.
Those travelling with their dogs can enjoy Beck Hall, which has a cafe welcoming four-legged friends along with a restaurant.
To get to Malham the best way is to travel to nearby Skipton by train before taking the bus to the village.
Those wishing to experience Malham can book into the village’s Miresfield Farm Bed and Breakfast for about £80 per night during February.