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Walking in Upper Wharfedale

March 8, 2018

Low level walking in Upper Wharfedale links the three villages of Kettlewell, Starbotton and Buckden. The walk follows the river closely heading out and the lower slopes on its return.

The Walk

The best part of the Dales Way is when it reaches Upper Wharfedale. The fells on either side of the valley start to close in, adding an element of remoteness that characterises long distance walking. This shorter walk visits some of the lesser settlements from Kettlewell such as Cray, Hubberholme and Buckden (and is much the better for it). Hubberholme appears lost in time but does have an attractive riverside pub to enjoy.

The walking in Upper Wharfedale is always easy and in the main on good paths (the quieter lanes are sometimes used). The River Wharfe is an almost constant companion, a proper mountain river at this point, fast flowing at times but forming eddies and deep pools at others. As the Wharfe forks towards Cray the river (not the Wharfe at this stage, the Cray Beck) forms some wonderful little waterfalls and pools and is well worth exploring.


Keep eyes peeled for the ever increasing otter population although the dippers will be more obvious.

Navigation Tips in Upper Wharfedale

Follow the Dales Way on the west side of the River Wharfe. Return via the higher path from Cray to Starbotton or follow the road. From Starbotton to Kettlewell there is a path just above the road.

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