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Buckden Pike & Upper Wharfedale

  • The best views of Upper Wharfedale
  • Visit the Polish War Memorial
  • Buck Inn is one of the best pubs in the Dales

Buckden Pike summit

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I enjoy the 2 great hulks of Great Whernside and Buckden Pike more than their more popular neighbours to the west. Yes they can be wet and the tracks are at times non existant but therein lies much of their appeal. There are never many folks on them and they both start and finish in lovely villages (maybe the 2 are connected). I think it is best to split the hills and attack each separately; Buckden Pike from Buckden offers a lovely, not too strenuous circuit, thereby giving time for a pint in the fine Buck Inn.

My favourite route takes in both the Buckden lead mine and the Polish War Memorial (both worth visiting) but does involve a fairly arduous and mainly trackless descent of nearly 550 foot. Hey ho, isn’t the pain always worth the pleasure later on? The Polish War Memorial sits on the summit ridge, less than a mile from the rather uninspiring official top, and is a melancholy place in memory of a Polish aircraft which came down in a snowstorm in November 1942. There was one survivor; just picture his walk to survival on that bleak night, a foreign national setting out from his dead mates, completely unsure where to go. I believe that he still lives to this day.

Recommend: Take a torch to explore the lead mine. The unexplained body you will hear the locals talk about has now gone!

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Buckden Pike map


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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL30 Yorkshire Dales North & Central.Buy Map
Start Point: SD 942743. There is a car park at the north end of the village. The walk starts up a lane skirting to the north of the pub and is signposted towards the lead mines.
Height to Climb: 457ms (1,499 feet)
Terrain: A great path to the mines, a trackless pull to the ridge is followed by a slightly strange descent where management of the bridleway is needed off the summit whereas 100 yards further on the path all but disappears!
Eating & Drinking: Look no further than the Buck Inn. A great Dales pub.
Similar Walks Nearby: Hidden valleys of Wharfedale
Great Whernside from Kettlewell
Limestone scenery from Conistone
Places to Stay: Low Raisgill, Langstrothdale

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