History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
The Scar is reached by a level path from the road, which leads through an area of tumbled rock and scree. The cliffs rise up slowly on either side until they seem to blot out the sun.
Then you reach an area of tumbled boulders, split by a waterfall, where the cliffs are undercut to form an overhang high above. The path rises sharply around these boulders to reach a dramatic upper waterfall.
From Gordale the beck runs southwards out of the ravine to another waterfall at Janet's Foss, and then downstream to join Malham Beck and form the Aire River. A mile or so to the west is Malham Cove, a dramatic horseshoe-shaped cliff.
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About Gordale Scar
Address: Malham, Yorkshire Dales, Yorkshire, England
Attraction Type: Countryside
Location: From Malham village take Gordale Lane, leading east. There is a small layby for parking, and a clearly signposted path.
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NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
Janet's Foss - 0.5 miles (Countryside)
Malham Cove - 1.3 miles (Countryside)
Winskill Stones Nature Reserve - 5.1 miles (Countryside)
Catrigg Force Waterfall - 5.5 miles (Countryside)
Skipton Castle - 8.6 miles (Castle)
Barden Tower - 9.4 miles (Castle)
Barden Bridge - 9.5 miles (Historic Building)
Parcevall Hall Gardens - 9.7 miles (Garden)
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