17th April 2010
I was invited on a Yorkshire Dales walk organised by David Dimmock. Along with a good number of members of the Online Fellwalking Club we met at Buckden and headed up Buckden Beck at the start of a excellent day's walking....
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I was determined to avoid the parking charges at Buckden and so I parked at Starbotton and walked the 2.25 miles to Buckden along the Dales Way, this also enabled me to see a little more of Wharfedale.
Bursting into Life
I arrived at Buckden at 10:00, about an hour after leaving Starbotton. Other walkers were arriving at the car park and we had a brew at Buckden Village Stores' tea room. Thirteen of us assembled; four took a different low level walk, nine of us headed for Buckden Pike.
Here They Come
Steve Proctor in Action
There are lots of waterfalls in Buckden Beck, nearly all feature water descending over rocks into pools, often with a splash at the bottom.
Roger and Ann study their bank statement, Steve and Dave offer a little advice. Here we are at the mining area, ready for the final push for the summit of Buckden Pike.
Walkers on Buckden
Buckden Trig Point
Neil in Action
We had lunch on a very windy Buckden Pike summit. Shelter was found just behind the wall (out of shot)
Our descent took us to the little village of Cray and then we would head up the other side to the top left of this photo, onto a terrace above the tree line of Todd's Wood. This terrace walk to Scar House is a joy; level well-drained pasture with outstanding views down Wharfedale.
Once we arrived at Scar House, two of our party departed for Hubberholme and a shorter return to Buckden, leaving seven of the party to go and take a look at Yockenthwaite.
The author prefers bridges to waterfalls.
The Church of St.Michael
The Buck Inn, Buckden
Time taken: Over two parts: 11.5 miles over 8hrs 45 mins. The main event: 9.25 miles taking 6hrs 15 mins. Some "Dwell" time between the two parts!
Route: Starbotton to Buckden. Buckden, Buckden Beck to Buckden Pike, Cray, above Todd's Wood, Scar House, Yockenthwaite, Hubberholme and back to Buckden.
Weather and conditions: Sunny, rather breezy on top.
Greetings Count: Not too bad, Dave's route avoided the majority of the other walkers in the area.
Richard's Refreshment Review: The Buck Inn, above. Lots of space inside and tables outside. Choice of beers, including "Real Ales", the food was good and the prices about right.
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