Malham

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Malham
Malham is located in North Yorkshire
Malham
Malham
 Malham shown within North Yorkshire
Population 150 
OS grid reference SD900629
District Craven
Shire county North Yorkshire
Region Yorkshire and the Humber
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town SKIPTON
Postcode district BD23
Dialling code 01729
Police North Yorkshire
Fire North Yorkshire
Ambulance Yorkshire
EU Parliament Yorkshire and the Humber
UK Parliament Skipton and Ripon
List of places
UK
England
Yorkshire

Coordinates: 54°03′40″N 2°09′11″W / 54.061°N 2.153°W / 54.061; -2.153

Malham is a village and civil parish in the Craven district of North Yorkshire, England. Before 20th century boundary changes, the village was part of the Settle Rural District, in the historic West Riding of Yorkshire. In the Domesday Book, the name is given as Malgun, meaning "settlement by the gravelly places".[1] The parish has a population of approximately 150.[2]

Malham lies at the upper end of the valley of the River Aire, known above Airton as Malhamdale, in the Yorkshire Dales.[3] The surrounding countryside is well known for its limestone pavements and other examples of limestone scenery. Tourist attractions include Malham Tarn, Malham Cove, Gordale Scar and the Dry Valley. The village hosts an annual agricultural and horticultural show on the Saturday before the August Bank Holiday. Known as the Malham Show, it has competitions for everything from Lego models to fell running. Another major annual event is the Malham Safari, when the villagers and particularly the local school build sculptures around the village. This event attracts many tourists and stalls are put up on the green.

Tourism[edit]

Malham is a popular walkers' destination. The rise in tourism over Malham's history has led to some deterioration of the area's surrounding paths as tourists wander off the paths and cause pockets of erosion, a process often called "footpath erosion". The footpaths in the area are maintained by the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority.

In the village there is a National Park Information Centre and a large car park. The Pennine Way long distance path passes through the village. Nearby natural landmarks include Malham Cove, Malham Tarn, Gordale Scar and Janet's Foss. The Malham Show Fell Race course runs over the nearby 301-metre (988 ft) Cawden.

In May 2006, it was reported that a covert listening device was discovered hidden in the local parish hall, leaving the villagers baffled. The electronic transmitter was found in a wall socket during a safety inspection at Malham village hall.[4]

Part of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 was filmed around the Malham Cove limestone pavement.[5]

In the 1950s the village gave its name to a Ham class minesweeper, HMS Malham.

Climate[edit]

Malham has an Oceanic climate, but is generally colder and wetter than most settlements in Britain[citation needed]. It has a relatively low altitude of around 200 metres, but is partly surrounded by fells. This exposed position[citation needed] means the temperature range is limited, due to little pooling of cold air. Extremes of temperature (since 1960) range from 28.2 °C (82.8 °F) during August 1990,[6] down to −13.5 °C (7.7 °F) during March 2001.[7]

Climate data for Malham Tarn 381m asl, 1971-2000, extremes 1960-
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 12.5
(54.5)
15.3
(59.5)
18.9
(66)
21.0
(69.8)
23.7
(74.7)
27.2
(81)
28.0
(82.4)
28.2
(82.8)
24.4
(75.9)
20.1
(68.2)
15.2
(59.4)
10.9
(51.6)
28.2
(82.8)
Average high °C (°F) 4.1
(39.4)
4.1
(39.4)
6.3
(43.3)
8.9
(48)
12.6
(54.7)
14.9
(58.8)
17.1
(62.8)
16.6
(61.9)
14.0
(57.2)
10.6
(51.1)
6.9
(44.4)
5.0
(41)
10.09
(50.17)
Average low °C (°F) −0.6
(30.9)
−0.6
(30.9)
0.5
(32.9)
2.0
(35.6)
4.7
(40.5)
7.5
(45.5)
9.7
(49.5)
9.6
(49.3)
7.7
(45.9)
4.9
(40.8)
1.9
(35.4)
0.5
(32.9)
3.98
(39.17)
Record low °C (°F) −11.5
(11.3)
−13
(9)
−13.5
(7.7)
−7.5
(18.5)
−4.2
(24.4)
−1.1
(30)
1.7
(35.1)
2.1
(35.8)
−1.0
(30.2)
−4.9
(23.2)
−9.2
(15.4)
−12.6
(9.3)
−13.5
(7.7)
Rainfall mm (inches) 165.0
(6.496)
115.5
(4.547)
134.2
(5.283)
90.7
(3.571)
84.8
(3.339)
96.8
(3.811)
94.8
(3.732)
122.8
(4.835)
129.8
(5.11)
152.3
(5.996)
156.3
(6.154)
175.3
(6.902)
1,518.3
(59.776)
Avg. rainy days 18.0 14.5 16.5 12.8 12.3 13.8 12.9 14.3 14.3 16.6 17.6 18.0 181.6
Mean monthly sunshine hours 36.3 52.8 79.1 117.0 164.3 141.0 144.8 146.3 106.2 78.7 49.5 32.9 1,148.9
Source #1: ScotClim[8]
Source #2: Royal Dutch Meteorological Institute/KNMI[9]

Picture gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Internet Surname Database
  2. ^ ONS Statistics
  3. ^ Yorkshire Dales National Park: Malhamdale
  4. ^ "Mystery surrounds parish hall bug". BBC News. 27 May 2006. Retrieved 2008-11-08. 
  5. ^ "Malham Cove Tourist Website". Malham Tourism. 12 June 2011. Retrieved 2011-02-07. 
  6. ^ "1990 temperature". KNMI. 
  7. ^ "2001 temperature". KNMI. 
  8. ^ "Malham Tarn 1971 - 2000 averages". UKMO. Retrieved 2010-11-14. 
  9. ^ "Malham extremes". KNMI. Retrieved 8 November 2011. [full citation needed]

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