The National Trust
Malham Tarn Estate
The Malham Tarn Estate comprises some of the most dramatic upland limestone landscape in the country, with Malham Tarn forming a natural focal point.
The Trust is responsible for managing some 2,900 hectares of land, 65 of which are woodland, mainly around the Tarn, six farm holdings, a number of parcels of land which are leased to local farmers, and two holiday cottages.
Walking is the main recreational activity throughout the Estate. The wildlife and scenery can be freely enjoyed from the path along part of the shore. A bird hide, accessible to visitors, gives an excellent view across the Tarn and its wetland habitats. Trout fishing is available from boats only on a daily basis (bookings can be made through the Field Studies Centre).
Townhead Barn was opened in Malham village in 1997 and shows the interior of a traditional Dales barn with an exhibition on farming practices through the years related to the Dales. It is open daily in summer except Mondays, and Sundays only in winter.
The majority of the Estate lies within the large Malham-Arncliffe SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest), and is in the candidate Craven Limestone Complex SAC (Special Area for Conservation).