Buckden to Kettlewell easy stroll

Walking trail

A linear walk along grassy paths and tracks, following the well-signed route of the Dales Way, starting in Buckden and following the beautiful River Wharfe along its route towards Kettlewell.

Enjoy spectacular views of the Upper Wharfedale Valley as you walk along the river bank. Look out for kingfishers and dippers along the river, and Redmire Wood standing majestically on the slopes of the hillside near Buckden.

Family paddling in the river, Upper Wharfedale, Yorkshire Dales


Map route for Buckden to Kettlewell easy stroll


Buckden, grid ref: SD941771


From the car park cross over the road and walk down the village green towards the river. Turn left at the bridge and go through the wooden gate to join onto the Dales Way.


Follow the path along the river bank keeping the River Wharfe on your left as you walk along. Continue through the fields up to a wooden gate. Go through this wooden gate and follow the path up to a farm track. Coninue left along the farm track passing an old barn on your right until you come to a fork in the track.


Take the left fork and continue to follow the Dales Way path onwards through the fields heading South towards Kettlewell.

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As you pass through Starbotton on the opposite side of the river continue through the fields passing through the gaps in the drystone walls keeping the river on your left until you see the school across the water.

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Continue to follow the path through the hay meadows. The path then starts to move uphill towards Kettlewell. Follow this path and go through the gate and out onto the main road. Walk down the road to get into Kettlewell village centre. From here you can either walk back the way you came or catch a bus back up to the car park at Buckden.

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Buckden to Kettlewell easy stroll


Easy stroll along the River Wharfe following the Dales Way footpath to Kettlewell.

Dogs are welcome on leads. Watch out for local notices as there may be restrictions in woodland or farmland at sensitive times of year, during the lambing season, or between March and the end of July when ground-nesting birds are on eggs or raising their young.

Please be vigilant when walking near livestock, especially those with young. Try not to get too close and keep your dog on a lead under close control. If approached by cows, move away as carefully and quietly as possible, and if necessary let go of your dog's lead and let it run free, the dog will outrun the cows.

Buckden to Kettlewell easy stroll

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Buckden to Kettlewell easy stroll

How to get here

Buckden, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 5JA
By road

18 miles (29km) north of Skipton; follow signs from Threshfield and Kettlewell.

By foot

Buckden is on the Dales Way long distance footpath.

By bus

Dalesbus services - https://www.dalesbus.org/skipgras.html

By bicycle

On Yorkshire Dales Cycleway (National Cycle Network Regional Route 10); follow B6160 from Kettlewell to Buckden.

Buckden to Kettlewell easy stroll

Facilities and access

  • Car park and toilets (not National Trust)
  • Pubs and cafés available in Buckden