Upper Wharfedale

Natural Feature

Description

Classic Yorkshire Dales farming landscape of rolling hills, dry-stone walls and barns, flower-rich hay meadows and outstanding views

Don't miss
Fantastic walking country for outdoor adventurers
Great area to escape for a picnic or gentle stroll
Exhibition and information at Town Head Barn
Important home for limestone-loving wildlife
Nearby village of Kettlewell provided many of the locations for the filming of 'The Calendar Girls'

Making the most of your day
Exhibition in Town Head Barn, Buckden, focusing on the River Wharfe and climate change.

Highlights:

River Wharfe:
A tranquil stretch of the Dales Way follows the River Wharfe as it tumbles east through Langstrothdale, from Beckermonds towards Yockenthwaite, Hubberholme and Buckden, before heading south into the U-shaped valley of Upper Wharfedale, to Starbotton and Kettlewell. Look out for kingfisher, oystercatcher, dipper and sand martin beside its clean waters.

Yockenthwaite:
The area around the village of Yockenthwaite in Langstrothdale is a favourite spot for artists and photographers. Visit the stone circle (SD900779), believed to be of Bronze Age origin, located on the riverbank, next to the Dales Way.

Buckden Pike:
An energetic walk to the top of Buckden Pike will reward walkers with fabulous 360 degree panoramic views of the Dales. Visit the Polish aircrew war memorial at the south end of the ridge where a Wellington bomber crashed in bad weather in 1942, killing 5 men. The only survivor followed fox tracks in the snow down to the village of Cray, and later organised the building of a monument.

Cray and Hubberholme:
The path between these two hamlets offers stunning views down the length of Wharfedale and can be incorporated into a popular circular walk from Buckden. Explore the church at Hubberholme, well known for its hand-carved oak pews which bear the famous mouse trademark of Robert Thompson, the 'Mouseman of Kilburn'.

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