Upper Wharfedale Wildlife Walk
This circular walk explores Upper Wharfedale and Langstrothdale in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. It's a varied and stunning area with glacial valleys, limestone scenery, gills, rivers, waterfalls and woodland to enjoy. It's also great for flora and fauna with numerous wildflowers attracting a wide variety of butterflies during the warmer months. Look out for birds including yellow wagtail in the meadows and kingfishers along the river.
The walk starts at Buckden where there is a public car park in the village centre. From here you can pick up the Dales Way and follow the waymarked footpath north west along the River Wharfe.
PostcodeThe trail will take you to Hubberholme and Yockenthwaite where you can take a small detour to visit the Yockenthwaite stone circle and cave. From Yockenthwaite you follow trails east to Scar House and Hay Close. This section runs along woodland with a series of waterfalls to see on the way.
Near Cray Bridge you turn south and follow Buckden Rake back to Buckden. - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Upper Wharfedale Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Upper Wharfedale Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Upper Wharfedale OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Upper Wharfedale Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Back in Buckden village you could head to the Buck Inn for some post walk refreshment. 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 woodland country and river trails make for a fine dog walk and the Buck Inn mentioned above is also dog friendly.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
Just to the east of Buckden you can enjoy the climb to Buckden Pike. It's considered to be one of the finest climbs in Yorkshire with its splendid views over the beautiful Wharfedale and the Nidderdale AONB. For a more direct route to the summit you could try the Buckden Pike Short Waterfall Walk. This takes you along the waterfalls of the Buckden Beck to the hill top.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Nidderdale Walks and Yorkshire Dales Walks pages.