Just a simple circular walk, on a day when the weather was far better than we could have expected - March 2000
Walks with a Camera © Geoff’s Pages 2011
We stayed the night at Raisgill, just across from the delightfully-
named Yockenthwaite, and dined that evening just down the
valley at Hubberholme.
The villages mentioned are in Langstrothdale, the natural
extension of Yorkshire's Wharfedale. The last village in upper
Wharfedale is Buckden, after which the fell is named, and from
where we started our walk.
We crossed Buckden bridge and took the "Dales Way" footpath
down the western side of the valley. This is a most pleasant
pathway, at times a riverside route, at others a deep walled
We crossed the river again at Starbotton, where we began to
climb, steeply at first. Looking down on the village reveals an
interestingly random arrangement of buildings. We are now
following Walden road, in fact a rough track across the fells to
Walden Dale, a sideshoot of Wensleydale. Near the highest point
of this old road, an extremely soggy path heads up across the
peat, joining the summit ridge of Buckden Pike at the memorial
stone. This commemorates the deaths, and survival of one, of
the Polish crew of an RAF plane during the second world war.
Descending the steep western flank of the Pike, we joined
another ancient way, the track from Buckden over Stake Moss
towards Bainbridge. Turning right onto this path, we very soon
arrived at the hamlet of Cray where, finding the pub open, we
adjourned for refreshment.
We now headed westwards across the limestone shelf which
marks the head of Wharfedale to Scar House, there cutting
downwards to Hubberholme, and back along a little more of the
Dales Way to return to Buckden and the car. An excellent day!