REAL places in Harry Potter you can visit! Part 1: Malham Cove

One of the first things you should know about me is that I’m an absolutely crazy fan of Harry Potter and for many years now one of my top travel goals has been to visit all of the places related to the film series. I thought it would be a great idea to share with you where I have been so far. This is the first part in a small series of blog posts that I am planning to release, so if you’re a Potterhead or simply have a love for exploring new places, be sure to read on…

Last month my boyfriend took me to Malham Cove. If you’re like me and have seen the film series way too many times to count, then you’ll probably recognise this as the spot seen in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One, where Harry and Hermione are camping out atop a huge cliff face (see image above) during their search for horcruxes. 

It was well worth a trip out to North Yorkshire to see – not only was the Cove very impressive, but there was plenty to see in the surrounding area and we actually managed to make a full day of it, walking a total of 14 miles! (It’s safe to say we were both pretty worn out by the end).

Some nearby spots to add onto your trip are:

  • Janet’s Foss (waterfall)
  • Gordale Scar (waterfall)
  • Malham Tarn

However, unless you are big into walking, I wouldn’t recommend doing all of these as well as Malham Cove in the same day like we did! I would suggest either choosing which place you would most like to visit or even making a weekend of it and splitting them all over a couple of days. There are a few campsites in very close proximity to these areas; Riverside Campsite Malham and Gordale Scar Campsite could be good options, both with excellent views to wake up to. There are also a few good pubs nearby where you can relax after a long day of exploring.

Hopefully this post has inspired you to get out and see some of these beautiful places for yourself! Don’t forget to watch this space for the next Harry Potter travel related post.