Buckden 27-08-2017 – Leader Jean

Buckden 27-08-2017  – Leader Jean

11 arrived at Buckden for Jean’s walk, with the promise of good weather, although it took a while to warm up.

We set off in a north westerly direction, rising between Buckden Wood Lane and Rakes Wood.  Then, heading north easterly and climbing steadily over Buckden Out Moor, we ascended Buckden Pike at 702 metres, which sits at the head of the Wharfedale valley. The views during the climb and at the top were stunning, including  Whernside, Ingleborough and Pen-y-ghent sharply in focus to one side, and the Vale of York in the distance to the other. Coffee was taken in the lee of a wall to shelter from the cool breeze.

We then headed southerly, encountering some difficult terrain, towards Starbotton Fell and over Starbotton Out Moor, to Tor Mere Top, where lunch was taken. We took an undulating bridleway going south easterly above disused mine workings. Just before Cam Gill Road we turned initially south westerly, then descending via Cam Head, again with amazing views, dropping down into the very attractive Starbotton.  Here we headed to the River Wharfe and joined the Dales Way, which followed the river back into Buckden.

Tea and cakes were taken at West Winds cafe, sitting outside in a lovely garden in the sunshine.

Thanks to Jean for a glorious walk to include a good climb, varied terrain and wonderful scenery with virtually no mud, although there was some wet peat bog! It was not too busy, with only a few hardy souls on the tops, despite it being a bank holiday week end.

Distance – 11.03 miles  Ascent – 1728 feet / 526 metres  (Before someone points out this is less than Buckden Pike, Bucken is 235 metres above sea level)

Write up and pics – Judy

Slideshow below, but if you wish to see a static view of the pics all in one go, then click here.


  1. Tom Hughes

    Judy, I agree with Arnold 100% – fabulous pictures and lots of them! And Jean, thanks for a great walk. Tom

  2. Judy, you are an absolute star – an excellent write up, beautiful photos, and all done on the evening of the walk.

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