From the door of The Lister Arms, this is a 3.5-mile circular route that takes you to Janet’s Foss waterfall and Malham Cove. Begin by taking the footpath along the east side of Malham Beck, continuing along the river and through a woodland, carpeted by bluebells and wild garlic in spring, until you see the sign for Janet’s Foss. Legend tells that Janet, or Jennett, Queen of the Fairies, lived behind the waterfall. From here you can follow the river upstream to Gordale Scar and the top of Malham Cove for spectacular views over the Dales. Back at the 17th-century coaching inn, settle in front of the wood burner and tuck into local produce, perhaps game galantine, prawn and salmon stroganoff and a rum soaked apple and sultana crumble to finish.
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