Running in Upper Wharfedale

Visitor running at Upper Wharfedale in the Yorkshire Dales

From uphill challenging climbs on Buckden Pike and Old Cote Moor to more level distance runs along the banks of the River Wharfe, whatever you want from your run Upper Wharfedale can offer it. Some of the best wild flower meadows in the country, colourful woodland and rugged limestone pavement all add to the enjoyment of running in Wharfedale.

Where can you go?

The Dales Way, which follows the river from Kettlewell through Buckden, is level, well marked and suitable for most abilities. It is a linear route that meanders through hay meadows surrounded by drystone walls with typical Dales field barns dotted along the way.
The higher trails offer spectacular views of Wharfedale and from Buckden Pike you get views of Pen Y Ghent, Ingleborough and many other peaks and valleys in the Yorkshire Dales.
The various routes along the river, over high fells and through hamlets like Cray and Yockenthwaite, offer a glimpse into the human history of this area as you run past working farms, disused lead mines, former Quaker meeting houses and abandoned settlements. During spring and summer you will find wild flowers in abundance bringing colour to the meadows and along the limestone pavement. You can find meadow sweet, meadow cranesbill, melancholy thistle, water avens and yarrow which all add to a very enjoyable run.

Downloadable routes

We are currently creating some trails for you to download and try so keep an eye on this page for new routes coming soon.
In the meantime, why not try running one of our walking routes - we've got a good selection to choose from for all abilities.

Don’t forget to be prepared

At any time of year the weather can be very changeable in Upper Wharfedale, especially on the higher routes and so it’s always wise to be prepared. Good footwear is essential - most running shoes will be suitable for the shorter well surfaced routes along the river banks but trail running shoes with good grips may be more suitable for the routes over the hills in the area. Warm and waterproof layers may be needed and a drink is advisable. A map and compass is a good idea but you need to know how to use them and do let someone know where you are going especially if you are heading out alone.