Last Light at Malham Cove Yorkshire Dales
Last Light at Malham Cove


The landscape around Malham in the Yorkshire Dales provides a wealth of opportunities for the landscape photographer year round.  In this article we’ll look at some of the highlights that we cover in our Malham and Gordale Scar landscape photography workshop.

Janets Foss and Gordale Beck in Spring
Janets Foss and Gordale Beck in Spring


Janet’s Foss is a delightful waterfall tucked away in woodland just a short stroll across meadows from Malham village.  The waterfall provides a different subject on every visit, depending on the level of water in the beck and the surrounding woods make a great setting, especially in spring when the wild garlic is in flower.

Wild Garlic by Gordale Beck Malhamdale
Looking down Gordale Beck from Janet’s Foss


At Gordale Scar it’s worth spending a bit of time to wait for some nice light on the dramatic scene.  Low winter sun works well, but with a few passing clouds adding interest to the sky and casting changing shadows over the rocks this is a scene that we enjoy photographing throughout the year.

Sunlight on Gordale Scar, Malhamdale
Sunlight on Gordale Scar, Malhamdale


Getting in close on the rocks can work well, especially with a dramatic sky as a backdrop…

Sheer Cliffs Gordale Scar Malhamdale Yorkshire Dales England
Sheer Cliffs at Gordale Scar against a Steely Sky


The short but steep climb up above the Gordale Scar is worth the effort for fine views down into the ravine…

Gordale Scar Malhamdale Yorkshire Dales England
Gordale Scar from Above


The elevated position above Gordale Scar is also a great location for watching light playing on the patchwork of fields along Malhamdale below…

Malhamdale from Gordale Scar
Malhamdale from Gordale Scar


Above Malham Cove there is one of the finest areas of limestone pavement in the Yorkshire Dales, which also provides a great viewpoint for the curving cliffs of the cove and the valley below, especially if the light is favourable at sunset (see main image at top).  Down below where Malham Beck emerges from beneath the cliff, peering up at the cove provides a completely different perspective.  If you’d like to join us for a workshop around Malham, full details can be found on our Malham and Gordale Scar workshop page.

Bare Tree and Malham Cove
Imposing Limestone Cliffs at Malham Cove