Even in the Dales, where competition is fierce, Malham stands out as a strikingly attractive village. Stone cottages and inns huddle around a river that meanders through its centre and there is always a buzz about the place because of its famed hiking paths, which draw walking enthusiasts from all over the world. If you have time for only one stop in the Dales, make it here.
The village sits within the largest area of limestone country in England, stretching west from Grassington to Ingleton – a distinctive landscape pockmarked with potholes, dry valleys, limestone pavements and gorges. Two of the most spectacular features – Malham Cove and Gordale Scar – are within walking distance of Malham's centre.