GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Buckden Pike Walk

7 miles (12 km)

This circular walk climbs to the 702 metres (2,303ft) summit of Buckden Pike in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Buckden Pike is considered to be one of the finest climbs in Yorkshire with its splendid views over the beautiful Wharfedale and the Nidderdale AONB. There's also waterside sections along the area's rivers and gills with photogenic waterfalls to see on the way.
The walk starts in the parking area in the village of Buckden and follows a bridleway to the summit. From here there are wonderful views of Great Whernside, Yockenthwaite Moor and across the Yorkshire Dales. You then descend to Starbotton passing the war memorial to the Polish airmen who died when their Wellington Bomber crashed on Buckden Pike during a snowstorm in 1942. The descent follows the Walden Road with views of pretty becks and waterfalls on the way. At Starbotton you cross the River Wharfe and pick up the Dales Way for a lovely riverside section taking you back to Buckden. Look out for Kingfisher, Heron, and Dipper on this section of the walk.
To extend your walking in the area you could head south to the village of Kettlewell and climb to Great Whernside for more great views over Wharfedale.


BD23 5JA - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Buckden Pike OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Buckden Pike 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.
At the southern end of the route you could also enjoy a pit stop at the Fox and Hounds in Starbotton. The 400 year old inn includes stone flagged floors and a roaring open fire.

Dog Walking

The climb is a good one for fit dogs and the Buck Inn mentioned above is also dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

For a more direct route to the summit see the Buckden Pike Short Waterfall Walk. This takes you along the waterfalls of the Buckden Beck to the hill top.
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.


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Ascending the Pike. Due to excessive erosion the path has been moved to the other side of the stone wall.

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Summit Furniture on the Pike. It is quite amazing what structures have been erected on top of summits of English fells - there should be a guide written in honour of them. Buckden Pike boasts a well preserved signpost, a brightly painted trig point, a beautifully layered column cairn and a huge inverted sharpened stake that would have done Vlad the Impaler proud.

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Cottages in Buckden. Row of cottages that front onto the Village Green. The B6160 Grassington/Aysgarth road passes by the front gates, separating these pleasant buildings from the green.

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Boundary Stone On Buckden Pike. The Eastern side of the wall from the memorial cross to the trig on Buckden Pike is extremely treacherous and boggy, but thanks to a couple of new stiles, walkers are now able to climb over the wall and make the last six tenths of a mile of their journey in relative ease on the Western side of the wall. This is where this boundary stone can be found. To the south of the summit is a memorial cross, dedicated to the memory of five Polish airmen of the Polish Air Force 18th Polish Operational Training Unit based at RAF Bramcote who crashed their Wellington Bomber on 30 January 1942.

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A group of walkers rest at the top. The summit of the pike is at an altitude of 702 metres, it makes a fine walk from Buckden village to the summit, a more demanding approach is via Buckden Gill. Along the Gill is a disused lead mine, Buckden Gavel Mine, which has been designated an ancient monument.

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Memorial in memory of the Polish RAF plane crew which crashed here in WWII

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Looking down on Starbotton. A view down to the small village from the footpath. You'll cross the Cam Gill Beck in this area. There is a 17th century pub here too.

"Buck Inn" pub at Buckden, North Yorkshire (025384 47d8409e-BuckdenPub(AndyBeecroft)Jul2005)

The Buck Inn in Buckden village. The ivy covered pub is a great place to relax after your exercise.

Elevation Profile


GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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