Low level walking in Upper Wharfedale

  • A fine section of riverside walking
  • Visit 5 typical Yorkshire Dales villages
  • Enjoy the waterfalls at Cray

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 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.

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

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL30 Yorkshire Dales North & Central Buy Map
Start Point: SD 969723. There is parking near the National Park Centre. I prefer crossing the Wharfe hear and heading up the Dales Way
Height to Climb: 179ms (587 feet)
Terrain: Good paths throughout and some tarmac walking albeit on quiet roads
Eating & Drinking: If any walk has a great choice of places to eat and drink this is it. Trouble is some are on the route! Look out for the Buck Inn and the George Inn
Similar Walks Nearby: An Arncliffe Circular
Buckden Pike & Upper Wharfedale
Lovely Littondale
Places to Stay: Low Raisgill, Langstrothdale