Starting point and OS Grid reference:
and display car park at Buckden (SD 942773)
Ordnance Survey Map
- Yorkshire Dales Northern and Central Areas.
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Date of Walk: 19 January 2011
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provides fantastic views along Wharfedale, scales the heights of Buckden
Pike and passes a memorial to some Polish pilots who were killed in a plane
crash during World War II. If you want to know more about this incident, see
www.buckdenpike.co.uk. Some aircraft remains are embedded in the concrete
but a few still lie around. Please leave them for the interest of others.
To get to
Buckden, head north out of Skipton on the Grassington road (B6265). At
Threshfield, ignore the right turn to Grassington and continue ahead, now on
the B6160 to Buckden. The car park is through the village on the right (SD
the car park at the opposite end to the toilets via a gate signposted
Buckden Pike and Cray High Bridge. The stony track climbs steeply until it
meets a stone wall (SD 940783). Continue with the stone wall on your left
until your path is crossed by a gate and a finger post signposted Buckden
Pike (SD 941785).
through this gate and the grassy track then swings to the left and meets a
wall. Go through the gate and continue to follow the track. After the next
gate, the path becomes steeper until it meets a wall. Climb with the wall on
your left until you reach the trig. point (SD 961788).
follow the south western side of the wall, climbing the ladder stile. The
path is signposted War Memorial. Stay on the same side of the wall for now
as it has been assigned to this side due to erosion at the other side.
ladder stile and carry straight on.
As the wall
turns sharply right, you will see the War Memorial over the wall ( SD
963779) and there is a ladder stile to access it and the path bears away to
the right (SE). Climb over the stile.
inspecting the Memorial, continue but now with a wall on your right. This
section can be very muddy.
line with this wall until you reach a gate on the right. At this point, the
wall turns a right angle to the right and a path follows it round. However
you do not want this path. Go through the gate (SD 966777) and follow the
clear track. You will soon come to the ruins of a small building (SD 964774)
where there are sufficient walls standing and innumerable flat stones where
you can find a comfortable sheltered spot for lunch with views down the
valley towards Kettlewell.
descends the hillside bearing slightly to the right and passes a large stone
cairn before arriving at a gateway. Go through the gate and the clear track
stretches out in front shown on the OS map as Walden Road. As you walk along
the track, a ‘V’ shaped valley lies below on the left. The track
eventually becomes quite badly rutted.
village of Starbotton (not Starbottom!)
comes into view. Ignore a footpath to the right which goes to the remains of
Buckden lead mine.
The track you
have been following ends at a steep concreted section at another broad
track. Turn left and go over the bridge and turn left again along the road.
The road curves in a clockwise direction. Pass a house on the right
called Closeburn. At the next junction turn right to the main street and at
the main street, turn left.
Look out for
a finger post on the right to Arncliffe, Kettlewell and Buckden (SD 954747)
and follow this path down to the river and after crossing the footbridge,
turn right. The track follows the line of the wall straight ahead.
Eventually, you come across a finger post to the right “Dalesway” (SD
939766). Turn right off the main track here. The path follows the course of
the river back to Buckden which you will see approaching. At the road, turn
right and the car park where you started appears shortly on the left.
you need to buy any hiking equipment/clothing before your trip see the Hiking
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