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Spotlight on Malham - Autumn 2017

In our autumn edition we find ourselves in the beautiful village of Malham in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Here we find two traditional coaching inns that cater for 21st century visitors.

Malhamdale has been settled for at least 1000 years and at its heart is Malham, a village steeped in history. Mentioned in the Domesday Book as Malgun “settlement by the gravelly places”, the area was formed by glacial activity and Iron Age boundaries show evidence of the early inhabitation. Quarrying, mills and lead and zinc mines were to dominate for centuries. Today‘'s village was established in the 17th century and although quarrying was still an important industry, hill farms and certainly tourism have gradually taken over. A population of 238 live in Malham today and enjoy the stark beauty of the nature reserve of Malham Tarn, the sheer cliffs of Malham Cove and the rugged gorge and waterfalls of Gordale Scar and Janet‘s Foss. Sitting on the Pennine Way, the heart of the village boasts the River Aire, limestone dry walls, fords, a stone bridge as well as two magnificent pubs, the Buck Inn and the Lister Arms.

The Buck Inn, MalhamThe Buck Inn, Malham

The Buck Inn is a family-run, rambling, Yorkshire-stone hotel, built on the site of a former coaching inn in 1874. Situated opposite the river, seating at the front and side offer perfect places to watch the world go by. Inside, the lounge is traditional with plush furniture, grey wood panelling and an open fire place. The walls are decorated with watercolour paintings and stag heads. The Hikers Bar has a separate entrance welcoming walkers with muddy boots and canine companions. It has stone flagged floors and a giant warming wood-fuelled stove.

A central bar offers LocAle beers, Dark Horse Craven Bitter & Hetton Pale Ale, Theakston Best Bitter and Old Peculiar plus Timothy Taylor Golden Best and Landlord.

A warm welcome, good service and friendly atmosphere await you in this Cask Marque accredited pub. There are 11 en-suite rooms and the pub is family friendly. Home-cooked food is served daily, there is a separate restaurant, and functions can be catered for. The beer garden is open in summer and there‘s a car park for patrons. Free WIFI is available. Whether you‘re on a day out or planning a longer stay in the Dales, drop into the Buck for a beer and a meal and enjoy the hospitality of the pub.

The Buck Inn, Cove Road, Malham, Skipton North Yorkshire BD23 4DA; telephone 01729 830317. Website: www.thebuckmalham.co.uk. WhatPub: https://whatpub.com/pubs/SKI/MALH-1-BUCK

The Lister Arms, MalhamThe Lister Arms, Malham

A stone‘s throw away, just over the bridge and at the foot of Malham Cove, is the Lister Arms, a Thwaites owned inn. Named after Thomas Lister, the 1st Lord Ribbledale, it is 18th century, ivy clad and still has mounting blocks for horse riders at the front. A tiled entrance leads you into a place of nooks and rooms boasting flagged floors and wooden beams as well as period features. Fireplaces and wood stoves offer a warm welcome in inclement weather. The walls are adorned with photos of days gone by. A split level area offers a quieter space for dining. The pub is dog- and family-friendly and there‘s the Lister Sweet shop, large jars of sugary confection tempting you from the back bar.

Cheery and efficient staff serve LocAle beers, Dark Horse Hetton Pale Ale, Kirkby Lonsdale Pennine Rambler and Settle Mainline Bitter. Other beers on offer in this Cask Marque accredited pub are Marstons Lancaster Bomber and Wainwright and Thwaites Nutty Black. There are also two ciders from Weston’s Rosey Pig range. Food is on offer daily (starting with breakfast at 8am!) and produced from locally sourced ingredients.

At the front of the pub are seats on the edge of the green which overlooks the river. At the rear there‘s a lovely sun trap with wooden tables and parasols. Accommodation is available in the pub itself, in the adjacent Lister Cottage and in the Lister Barn which offers eight rooms and is across the beck. There is free WIFI and the pub is open from 8am daily. Make time to visit the Lister for good beer and food, have a chat with like-minded travellers or just sit and relax in front of the fire with a newspaper. There‘s something for everyone.

The Lister Arms, Pennine Way, Malham SKIPON North Yorkshire BD23 4DB; Tel 01729 830444; Website: https://www.thwaites.co.uk/hotels-and-inns/inns/lister-arms-malham. WhatPub: https://whatpub.com/pubs/SKI/MALH-1-LIST

Malham is situated eleven miles from Skipton and seven from Settle and can be reached by car from the A65. It is also served by a Monday to Saturday day-time-only bus service from Skipton and on Sundays in summer by Dalesbus services from Skipton and Settle (and beyond). The 881 Dalesbus service from Settle follows a spectacular route via Malham Tarn and is worth a journey on its own merit! Check Dalesbus for times.

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