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Buckden Pike and Hubberholme from Buckden

Yorkshire Dales Walk

Nat Park - Yorkshire Dales - Upper Wharfedale

County/Area - North Yorkshire

Author - Lou Johnson

Length - 8.4 miles / 13.7 km    Ascent - 1850 feet / 561 metres

Time - 6 hours 0 minutes    Grade - moderate

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Photo from the walk - Buckden Pike and Hubberholme
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A Yorkshire Dales walk combining an ascent of Buckden Pike with the glorious scenery of Wharfedale. After ascending Buckden Pike the route passes through limestone scenery with views down to the River Wharfe. Reaching Scar House the walk descends to Hubberholme to follow the Dales Way back to the start.

The start is the large carpark in Buckden (Grid ref. SD942773). After parking take the gate at the northern exit signed to 'Upper Wharfedale'. Once through the gate, turn sharp right along the permissive path, initially heading south, leading to Buckden Lead Mines. After a kilometre, the path turns north to join a right of way at grid ref. SD950767 where you turn left to Buckden Lead mines. A steady ascent leads you to the mines (grid ref. SD955781).

Cross Buckden Beck and follow the path that swings north and then east beside a wall gaining height onto Buckden Pike. As the wall turns north the path heads northeast across the hillside to reach a stile. Cross this and continue to the summit with its cairn and trig point.

The decent path is the bridleway following the wall northwest. The descent soon turns southwest to reach the Buckden Rake bridleway (grid ref. SD940784). Turn right and continue to the first signed footpath on your left (grid ref. SD943790). This path descends quite steeply down a field, crossing Cray Gill to reach the road.

Take the signed path to Scar House to the right of the White Lion pub. The walking is easy with fine views into Upper Wharfedale to your left. Pass above Todd's Wood and Hubberholme Wood to reach the junction above Scar House (grid ref. SD920789). Turn sharp left and descend on the clear track into the village of Hubberholme and the church, which is well worth visiting.

Cross the River Wharfe and turn left following the Dales Way following the road to Buckden. The road walking is short lived and you turn left along a signed path to re-join the river bank for the final section back to Buckden.

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