Malham Cove

Floods activate old waterfall for the ‘first time in living memory’

A waterfall in the Yorkshire Dales is brought back to life thanks to the flooding caused by Storm Desmond.

MALHAM COVE, YORKSHIRE DALES NATIONAL PARK, YORKSHIRE, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (DECEMBER 06, 2015) ( STUART GLEDHILL) – A Yorkshire Dales waterfall known as Malham Cove has been brought back to life for the ‘first time in living memory’ according to local residents thanks to the flooding caused by Storm Desmond.

The cove is a large limestone amphitheatre, 80 metres high (262 feet) and 300 metres (984 feet) across and it briefly came roaring back into life on Sunday (December 6) in the wake of the floods.

One of the many locals gathered on Sunday to watch the waterfall, Stuart Gledhill shot a video of the cove and said he ‘was awed’ by the sight.

Alan Hulm, Head of the Ranger Services at the Yorkshire Dales National Park said he had been living in the area for 30 years and had never seen the cove as a waterfall in his life time.

He also spoke to a number of local residents who had been living there for over 70 years and they too had never seen the waterfall active.

Hulm said the waterfall had dried up by Monday (December 7), but the cove’s brief moment of resurrection meant that it temporarily became the highest single drop waterfall in England at 80 metres high beating its nearest rival Hardraw Force (also in the Yorkshire Dales) at 30 metres high (98 feet).