MALHAM COVE - A YORKSHIRE BEAUTY MADE BY A HORSE WITH EIGHT LEGS
Well, that’s one legend anyway - apparently the Norse god Odin was riding his horse Sleipnir, when one of the giant beast’s hooves caught on the rocks, creating the horseshoe-shaped cove that’s the pride of Malham village .
A more scientific explanation is that Malham Cove was formed at the end of the last Ice Age, when a mighty waterfall thundered over the top. As the ice melted behind, the river retreated, instead carving underground passages through the limestone, leaving the near-dry rock face and valley of today.
Harry Potter fans might like to know that parts of the 2009 movie ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1’ were filmed here. And talking of movies, last but not least, here's an ultra-short trailer I shot with my last-model iPhone.
Hugely recommended, so go if you can, though you’re best to book a hotel or other accommodation beforehand if you plan to visit in a holiday period. Malham and the Cove are popular spots for visitors, and rightly so.
Turner painting courtesy Tate Britain.