Buckden - Cray - Yockenthwaite - Hubberholme - Buckden

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Buckden - Cray - Scar House - Yockenthwaite - Hubberholme - Buckden

Starting from the village of Buckden, the headquarters of a hunting forest in Norman times, the walk takes you up Buckden Rake, part of an old Roman road from Ilkley to Bainbridge, followed by a drop down to Cray, passing behind Wharfedale's highest pub and on to the limestone pavement with its photogenic views. Its features include Scar House, which was once a local Quakers' meeting-house, the owner having been converted to the Quaker movement by its founder George Fox, picturesque hay meadows (in the early summer months), woodlands and pastures, with early purple orchids among the flora. At the old farming hamlet of Yockenthwaite you join the Dales Way, a 135km-long National Trail passing through the heart of the Yorkshire Dales on its way from Ilkley to the Lake District, for a lovely riverside stroll back to Buckden, passing Hubberholme Church with its rood screen built in 1555, one of only a very few surviving in England. Back at Buckden you can visit the National Trust's Townhead Barn with its free permanent exhibition about the area's history and sample the delights of the local tea room, cafe-restaurant, or pub. I can personally recommend the West Winds Tea Room tucked away on the back road behind the Buck Inn.

England - North England - Yorkshire - Yorkshire Dales - Wharfedale

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Birds, Butterflies, Cafe, Church, Flowers, Great Views, National Trust, Pub, Public Transport, Restaurant, River, Tea Shop, Toilets, Wildlife, Woodland

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