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Malham Pounds

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Malham pound (Youth Hostel)

© YDNPA, 2004,

Malham Pound

© YDNPA, 2004,

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Malham Pounds

Historical Environment Record No: MYD36589

Parish: Malham

OS Grid Reference: SD902629

Dale: Malhamdale

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The village of Malham has two pinfolds or pounds still preserved. These simple stone-walled enclosures were used to pen straying animals. Sometimes an official called a ‘pinder’ was employed to catch these animals and collect a fine off their owners. The example outside the Youth Hostel was recently restored. It is roughly circular with a narrow entrance.


One lies in front of Malham Youth Hostel beside Gordale Lane. For the other, continue east on Gordale Lane, take left hand junction after 200 metres, after 100 metres, pound can be seen on left hand side of road at another junction.

Public Transport Details

Nearest town/village: Malham. Call Traveline on 0870 608 2 608 to plan your journey. After the welcome message key in 885 for North Yorkshire information.


Both viewable from roadside.

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