THE National Trust says it is still considering the future of Tarn House and other buildings at Malham Tarn following last year's closure of the field studies centre.

The Field Studies Council closed the residential, educational centre in August, last year, after more than 70 years of operating at the site, and announced it would end its lease with the National Trust in August, this year.

At the time, the FSC, which has more than 20 centres across the country, including six in London, said it had not been an easy decision and blamed a ‘long period of closure over the pandemic’ and ‘access constraints’ amongst reasons for closure.

The National Trust said today it is still reviewing future options for Tarn House, the one time home of Victorian philanthropist and MP Walter Morrison, along with several cottages and stables.

A spokesperson said: "Last year the Field Studies Council (FSC) served notice to end their lease at the end of August 2023 for Malham Tarn House, High Stables and several cottages.

"We have not made any decisions yet on the future of Tarn House, and are currently reviewing options for these buildings, alongside the Trust’s existing offices and workshop space in Waterhouses.

"We are very keen to work with partners and the local community as our plans and options for the area move forward."