Discover Langstrothdale

Walking trail

Start this stroll through beautiful Langstrothdale by crossing the ancient packhorse bridge at Yockenthwaite.

See the historic rock formation at Yockenthwaite

This route is a circular flat route following the River Wharfe up towards Beckermonds. Discover a landscape of limestone pavement, glaciated valleys and flower-rich hay meadows.

Langstrothdale in Upper Wharfedale, Yorkshire Dales


Map route for discover Langstrothdale walk


Yockenthwaite Bridge, grid ref: SD904790


Cross the bridge and follow the Dales Way towards Beckermonds. You will see a footpath sign up near a fallen sycamore trunk, which came down during a storm in 2005.

view from Yockenthwaite Bridge


As you walk under some trees and through a gate you will pass a lime kiln. This was built for burning limestone, quarried from behind the kiln. The burnt lime, spread on the fields 'sweetened the grass' as the farmers say.

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Soon you will pass Yockenthwaite stone circle. Just past this you can see water coming out of Yockenthwaite Cave. If you listen carefully near the entrance you can hear a waterfall deep inside.

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Yockenthwaite stone circle


As you approach Deepdale you pass through hay meadows.

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hay meadows near Deepdale


At Deepdale walk down to the road and cross the bridge. Turn left and follow the river back to Yockenthwaite. It is great for a picnic along here and everyone will enjoy paddling in the limestone rock pools. Take care it could be slippy!

Looking back at Deepdale


Yockenthwaite Bridge, grid ref: SD904790

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An easy circular route of around 2 miles along the Langstrothdale Valley following the Dales Way towards Beckermonds. A short section of the route takes you onto the road on the way back.

Dogs are welcome on leads, under close control. 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.

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How to get here

Yockenthwaite, North Yorkshire, BD23 5JQ
By road

Yockenthwaite is 3 miles north-west of Buckden off the B6160.

By bus

Dalesbus services -

By bicycle

Off-road cycling is permitted on bridleways. 13 miles (20.9km) signed on road cycle route from Skipton to Kettlewell. Around 5 miles (8km) from Buckden Village.

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Facilities and access

  • Parking is available along the roadside at Yockenthwaite in off-road pull in spaces
  • No toilets available at Yockenthwaite, nearest toilets are located at the National Park Car Park in Buckden
  • Pubs and cafés are available in Buckden Village
  • Dogs are welcome but must be kept on a lead