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Cycling trail

This ride takes you along roads and tracks into the wilder reaches of Greenfield Forest. Along the way you'll pass hay meadows and woodland, field barns and drystone walls. You follow the River Wharfe all the way and there are plenty of spots for a relaxing sandwich stop. Feel free to go all the way to Greenfield or turn around when you feel you've cycled enough. The road climbs gently from an altitude of 230 meters at Buckden to 400 meters. It follows a tarmac road to High Greenfield, then a surfaced forest track.

A bright spring day view of Buckden Pike


The route to Greenfield Forest


Buckden Car Park SD 942773


Turn left out of the car park and head into the center of Buckden with the village green on your right. Watch out for cars on the road

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A glimpse of a dales barn


Take the sharp right hand turn, signposted towards Hawes. The road doubles back here and the village green will remain on your right


At Hubberholme continue straight along the road. It's worth a stop here for a look at the church.

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Hubberholme Church


Continue along the road with the ancient settlement of Yockenthwaite on your right

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Yockenthwaite Bridge and river Wharfe


The road continues close by the river here. There are lots of rock pools and places to sit with your feet in the water while having a bite to eat or something to drink, maybe on your return.

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Barns, walls and hay meandows


At Beckermonds turn left down the road signposted Greenfield

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The road here begins to travel into Greenfield Forest and between outcrops of limestone pavement

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limestone pavement in spring sunshine


High Greenfield is a lonely farm at the entrance to Greenfield Forest. The tarmacked road ends here but if your bike is suitable head through the gate and into the forest.

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pastel yellow globeflower


The track through the forest is a bridleway and reasonably well surfaced, with occasional puddles. Our suggested route ends as the bridleway leaves the forest and you will turn around and return the same way. Views on the return leg are surprisingly different.

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tiny bird's eye primrose



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The majority of this route is a tarmaced surface.  This becomes rougher with more potholes as you turn off the road at Beckermonds.  The track surface through the forest is loose stone with occasional potholes.  Gradients are gentle, apart from one or two short steep slopes in the forest.  Some days the weather can take people by surprise in the forest so ensure you have suitable clothing with you.

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 cycling 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

Buckden Car Park BD23 5JA
By train

Nearest stations are Skipton or Garsdale Head



By road

From the south follow the B6160 to Buckden from Skipton, signposted Grassington.

From the north take the B6160 to Buckden from its junction with the A684, approximately 1 mile east of Aysgarth in Wensleydale

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Facilities and access

  • Pub, cafe, village shop and public convenience in Buckden
  • Pub in Hubberholme
  • Garage, pubs, village shop and cafes in kettlewell