Buckden Pike Walk
This circular walk climbs to the 702 metres (2,303 ft) 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.
PostcodeBD23 5JA - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Buckden Pike Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Buckden Pike Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
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.
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.