For those looking for a rather more energetic walk, the circuit from Buckden to Cray, across the head of  Wharfedale to Scar House, down to Hubberholme and back to Buckden along the river is a very popular walk - which can be extended by going on to Yockenthwaite from Scar House before returning to Hubberholme. Another variant of this walk is to follow Cray Gill up the "Fairy Glen", with its picturesque waterfalls and deep pools.

    Walks in the area

    The parish of Buckden provides a wide variety of walks for all sorts of 

    From the village of Buckden there are gentle walks along the river Wharfe 
    in both directions - south towards Starbotton and Kettlewell and north towards 
    Hubberholme and Yockenthwaite.



More strenuous still are the various routes up  Buckden Pike, and the crossings into Littondale, whether over Birks Fell to Litton from Buckden, or over the Horsehead Pass to Halton Gill from Yockenthwaite.  

Finally Buckden lies on two notable longer distance walks. 

The Dales Traverse is a challenge walk starting at Kilnsey and going from Arncliffe to Litton, across to Buckden, ascending Buckden Pike and returning to Kilnsey via Kettlewell & Conistone Pie. The distance is some 28 mile with a total ascent of 5000 feet and the challenge is to compete the walk in 12 hours. 










The Dalesway is a long distance path going from Ilkley to Bowness on Windermere - a distance of some 80 miles. It is walk which can be comfortably accomplished in a week and many of the visitors to the bed and breakfasts in the parish are undertaking the walk. More information about the walk can be found at

Details of some of these and other walks in the area are available at the web-sites below, as well as on the National Trust leaflets available at Townhead Barn.