Great Close Hill

Great Close Hill

Great Close Hill is a dome shaped hill featuring substantial limestone scars that is located immediately to the west of Malham Tarn.

Height (m): 465
Height (ft): 1526
Prominence (m): 40
Classification: Four
Hill No: 16358
Grid Ref: SD902668
OS Map OL2
No. of Visits 2

The south-western flank of the hill is lined with Great Close Scar, an impressive limestone cliff. The Pennine Way passes between the scar and the lake and so while Great Close Hill is regularly passed by walkers only a fraction will make the detour to visit the summit.

Great Close Scar
Great Close Scar

The summit is marked by an ancient cairn, possibly dating back to the Bronze Age. Much of the original cairn now lies beneath a prominent grassy mound that be seen from some distance away. It is almost certainly worth the detour to the top as the views of the tarn are quite expansive.

The cairn marking the summit of Great Close Hill
The cairn marking the summit of Great Close Hill

Perhaps the easiest way to visit the summit of Great Close Hill is to turn off the Pennine Way on to the Monk’s Road path heading for Arncliffe. At the col between Highfolds and Great Close Hill turn south for an easy walk on grass up to the cairn.

Malham Tarn from the slopes of Great Close Hill
Malham Tarn from the slopes of Great Close Hill

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