GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Upper Wharfedale Wildlife Walk

7 miles (11.5 km)

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.


The 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 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.

Dog Walking

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.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


The bridge over the Wharfe at Buckden - - 834525

The bridge over the Wharfe at Buckden

Kirkgill Manor - - 550134

HubberholmeKirkgill Manor. Rebuilt in 1893 by Bishop Heber from a farmhouse owned by his family. For many years it was the Hubberholme vicarage. It is now an upmarket B&B. Bishop Heber was the author of the hymn "From Greenland's Icy Mountains". The lozenge-shaped stone plaque at the left-hand end of the frontage commemorates him.

Yockenthwaite Stone Circle - - 549996

Yockenthwaite Stone Circle. A small (25' diameter) Bronze Age stone circle on the route of the Dales Way. Current thinking is that the stones once formed the kerb of a burial cairn.

Limestone outcrops above Strans Wood - - 893159

Limestone outcrops above Strans Wood. The lower slopes in Langstrothdale are typical limestone country with thin soils and much bare rock. Each outcrop of limestone is like a mini nature reserve with many different wild flowers.

Cray Gill Waterfall

Cray Gill Waterfall

Upper Wharfedale - - 1351589

Upper Wharfedale

Scar House - - 556523

Scar House

Footpath beside River Wharfe near Yockenthwaite - - 1490471

Footpath beside River Wharfe near Yockenthwaite


GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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