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Storm Desmond causes Malham Cove to briefly become 'England's highest waterfall'

Water cascades over the vast cliffs at Malham Cove. Credit: Kitestu/YouTube

Heavy rain across North Yorkshire during Storm Desmond gave life to a beauty spot's historic waterfall for the first time in hundreds of years.

Malham Cove - a limestone cliff formation near the Yorkshire Dales village of Malham - is thought to have become the highest unbroken waterfall in England after water began cascading over its 200ft (61m) cliff on Sunday.

Usually, England's tallest unbroken falls is Hardraw Force, near the Buttertubs Pass, which stands at roughly 100ft (30m).

Locals in Malhamdale believe it is the first time in at least 200 years that water has surged over the lip of the cove.

Stuart Gledhill's original video has been viewed on YouTube over 100,000 times.

In the video's comments, Mr Gledhill said: "The waterfall drop was surveyed earlier this year by cave divers and was found to be 70.6m (230ft), making it briefly the highest single drop waterfall in England above ground."

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