Malham Cove became an 80m waterfall after Storm Desmond's deluge. Photo: Yorkshire Dales NPA

Malham Cove became an 80m waterfall after Storm Desmond's deluge. Photo: Yorkshire Dales NPA

The Yorkshire Dales gained a new natural attraction at the weekend, thanks to Storm Desmond.

Malham Cove was transformed into an 80m high waterfall as thousands of gallons of water poured over the lip of the limestone crag.

Hundreds of visitors gathered to view the phenomenon, which has not happened in living memory.

Alan Hulme, The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority’s head of ranger services, said: “I have lived here for 30 years and I’ve never seen anything like this before.

“It was an amazing sight. Some people are saying there hasn’t been a waterfall over the top since the 1700s, which shows how rare a thing it is.”

The water flowed from Malham Tarn down Watlowes, which is usually a dry valley, before pouring over the limestone pavement on the top of the Cove.

News of the unique occurrence brought national and international media attention, with the story being carried worldwide.

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