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Buckden Beck near the bottom of the descent from Buckden Pike
Buckden Beck near the bottom of the descent from Buckden Pike

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Route No.950630
Kettlewell, Great Whernside, Buckden Pike,
Buckden Beck, River Wharfe circuit - 23km
Yorkshire Dales . . .

Map: OS Explorer OL30 Yorkshire Dales Northern & Central areas

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Route No.950630
Kettlewell, Great Whernside, Buckden Pike,
Buckden Beck, River Wharfe circuit - 23km
Yorkshire Dales . . .

Map: OS Explorer OL30 Yorkshire Dales Northern & Central areas

General Directions (see markers on the route map)

1.) Start at the car park between the River Wharfe and the B6160 on the south western edge of Kettlewell at map ref.SD967723. From the car park turn left to walk along the B6160 to the road bridge over Kettlewell Beck. Just before the bridge turn right to walk along Middle Lane and the left to continue along The Green, still following Kettlewell Beck up stream with the beck to the left of the road. About 800m from the car park the road crosses Dowber Gill Beck at Dowber Gill Bridge. Just before the bridge turn right off the road to follow a footpath across Dowber Gill Beck. Once across the beck the path forks. The left hand fork climbs up the hillside to Hag Dyke, a Scout Association outdoor centre, and continues up to the summit of Great Whernside, about 3km from the beck. The right hand fork in the path follows Dowber Gill beck upstream. I prefer the path following the beck and about 2km after crossing the beck this path reaches Providence Pot. The entrance to the pot hole is covered by a cast iron manhole cover between the path and the beck at map ref. SD991729. Just beyond the pot hole the valley of Dowber Gill Beck forks. The route takes the left hand fork following Hag Dyke Gill beck up stream. There is no defined path across this open access land and it may be necessary to take a compass bearing to follow to intersect the public footpath close to the trig point on the summit of Great Whernside (704m) at map ref. SE002739. From the summit trig point, follow the path northwards along the ridge for about 1.3km to Black Dyke End, map ref. SD998752. At Black Dyke End turn left to follow the path eastwards beside a wall for 150m then down across the hillside for about 1km to the road at map ref. SD986756, at the top of the road climb up Park Rash.

2.) At the top of the road up Park Rash, cross the road and follow the path opposite to join a bridleway contouring round the hillside and then turn right to negotiate several junctions in the bridleways and climb up to Tor Mere Top (617m) at map ref. SD971763. From Tor Mere Top continue along the ridge to the airmen's memorial at map ref. SD926778. From the memorial continue along the ridge for another 1km to the trig point at the summit of Buckden Pike (702m), map ref. SD960787.

3.) From Buckden Pike return back along the ridge for about 350m and then turn right to follow a permissive path (but it's open access land in any case) dropping down to the abandoned Buckden Lead Mine. From the old mine follow Buckden Beck down its steep valley past several pretty waterfalls and a large erratic boulder standing in the beck, to reach Buckden village. The path joins the village streets via a series of sheep handling pens at the bottom of the valley. From Buckden follow Dubb's Lane out of the village to the road bridge over the River Wharfe.

4.) Just across the road bridge over the River Wharfe, turn left off the road to follow the Dales Way path down stream beside the River Wharfe. Continue along the Dales Way for about 6km, past Starbotton back to Kettlewell and the end of the walk.


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