Walking in Upper Wharfedale

Visitors walking near Buckden in Upper Wharfedale

When you visit Upper Wharfedale, whatever type of walking you like you’ll find it here.

Take a walk with us

Take a gentle stroll along the River Wharfe or stride out onto the higher peaks like Buckden Pike or Old Cote Moor. You could experience some of the best wild flower meadows in the country around Yockenthwaite, or saunter through colourful fellside woodland. Wherever you choose to go you’ll get amazing views, and leave with a wish to return another day.

Where can you go?

The Dales Way, which follows the river all the way from Kettlewell to Buckden, is level and suitable for most abilities.  It passes through meadows surrounded by dry-stone walls and in many places it's possible to get to the river for a paddle.  If you time it right you can leave your car at one end, returning to the start by bus.
The high level route that follows Old Cote Moor allows you to walk for miles through heather moorland surrounded by the cries of curlew in summer. From here there are spectacular views towards other Dales peaks such as Pen Y Ghent and Ingleborough.  If you feel really energetic you can walk as far as Beckermonds and follow the River Wharfe to return.
If you like flowers, come in spring for a trek through the fellside woods around Yockenthwaite. Primroses, bluebells, cowslips and early purple orchids grow here in the grassland amongst the trees, which will just be coming into leaf. You'll also find limestone pavement with scented wild thyme and common rock rose. Return in summer on a sunny day and it's one of the best places in Wharfedale to see butterflies such as ringlet and meadow brown.
There are walking leaflets that you can pick up from leaflet dispensers across the property. Alternatively, why not download a route below in advance of your visit?

Don’t forget to be prepared

At any time of the year, you will need suitable clothing and footwear, especially if you are thinking of heading out onto the moors and fell tops. Something warm and waterproof is ideal, along with comfortable boots or trainers, although in wet or wintery weather boots are best. Something to eat and drink is also handy too. Taking a map and compass with you is a good idea, especially if you are going up to the summits, but you need to know how to use them.