a stunning loch


Malham Tarn is a glacial lake near the village of Malham in the Yorkshire Dales, England. It is 377 metres above sea level, making it the highest lake in England. The lake is one of only eight upland alkaline lakes in Europe.

Its 150 acres of limestone bedrock are a perfect habitat for invertebrates which are prayed upon by a population of fast-growing large wild brown trout.

Traditional "loch style" fishing is successful, with long drifts being accomplished due to the relative overall shallowness of the tarn. Remember to bring a drogue, the boats are lightweight, and the tarn is exposed. An electric motor can be beneficial, too. Otherwise, get ready for lots of rowing.

The Tarn has the reputation of being England's best wild trout fishery. Not an easy place to catch but perseverance and patience can be rewarded with a fish of a lifetime.

  • Malham, Yorkshire, England
  • Brown trout
  • Lake



Permission & Tickets

Information about booking a boat and fishery rules can be found on the Friends of Malham tarn website.