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


Birds, Butterflies, Cafe, Church, Flowers, Great Views, National Trust, Pub, Public Transport, Restaurant, River, Tea Shop, Toilets, Wildlife, Woodland
7/26/2021 - Helen Colley

Splendid walk with easy route-finding. We did this walk in late July, and the wildflowers were just stunning. In particular, the section between WP12 and WP16 was like walking through gardens! Breathtaking!

5/27/2021 - John Walker

I have completed this walk today for the first time in approx 40yrs and it is still as good as it was then. The instructions are first rate except a few of the gates on the first section appear to be longer there. A couple of the steep descents are a little tricky but if you are fit enough to walk 7 miles they should present no problems. The George at Hubberholme is a good refreshment spot beforethe final mile. Next time I may try it the other way round which may provide even better views down the Dle

9/12/2020 - Steven Wainer

Did this walk with my Rottweiler Missy on 05/09/2020.The drop at WP3 is steep and tricky if wet,the walk back down the side of the river wharf is great,walk directions are fairly easy to follow

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