GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Buckden Pike Short Waterfall Walk

3 miles (5.2 km)

This route climbs to Buckden Pike along the Buckden Beck. It's the shortest route to the summit from the village, passing lots of pretty waterfalls on the way. The route runs for about 1.5 miles so around 3 miles there and back.
The walk starts from the public parking area in the village of Buckden. From here you can pick up a footpath heading north east along the Buckden Beck. You'll pass a series of waterfalls and the old Buckden Lead Mine before coming to the Buckden Pike summit. From the 702 metres (2,303 ft) high point there are marvellous views over the Yorkshire Dales including Wharfedale and the Nidderdale AONB. After taking in the views the route descends on the same path.

Buckden Pike Short Waterfall Walk OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Buckden Pike Short Waterfall Walk Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


After your exercise you can enjoy some well earned refreshment at the Buck Inn. The fine Georgian coaching inn now has an attractive contempary interior. There's also outdoor seating with nice views of the village and surrounding countryside. You can find them at postcode BD23 5JA for your sat navs.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

For a longer circular walk to the summit see the Buckden Pike Walk page.
The Upper Wharfedale Wildlife Walk also starts in the village. The wildlife rich circular walk explores the area around Yockenthwaite and Hubberholme to the west of the Pike.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Nidderdale Walks and Yorkshire Dales Walks pages.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


Stepping stones - - 1351558

Stepping stones over the beck near the village.

Exploring Buckden Beck (48819709457)

Exploring Buckden Beck. A walker makes there way along the dramatic beck valley.

Buckden Beck - - 730774

Buckden Beck. The steep sided narrow valley tributary of Buckden Beck provides an excellent alternative to the ascent of Buckden Pike.

Waterfall - - 502517

One of the waterfalls along the beck

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Buckden Levels

Buckden Lead Mine (dis) - - 1352408

Buckden Lead Mine (dis)

Approaching Buckden Pike Summit - - 1212883

Approaching Buckden Pike Summit. Traversing the summit ridge towards the trig point on Buckden Pike at 2,302ft. I once saw York Minster from here to the east, and some of the Lake District peaks in the opposite direction - but not to day, although sunny there was little clarity.

Summit of Buckden Pike - - 967203

Summit of Buckden Pike. The trig point is behind the ladder stile to the left of the figures


GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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