Walking trail

Horse Head Moor and Deepdale walk

Walking trail

Get away from it all and enjoy this invigorating walk up Horse Head Pass and along the remote moorland ridge, with magnificent views of the Three Peaks, returning along the beautiful River Wharfe.

River Wharfe at Buckden, Upper Wharfedale, Yorkshire Dales


Map route for Horse Head Moor and Deepdale walk


Yockenthwaite Bridge, grid ref: SD904790


Park on the roadside at Yockenthwaite, return along the road to Raisgill farmhouse and follow the bridleway, signed to Halton Gill. The track zig-zags steeply uphill, across a large area of common land known as the Hagg. 'Hagg' often refers to an expanse of woodland that was used as coppice in medieval times, suggesting that this area once had greater tree cover. We want to encourage this tree cover to grow back, so we've reduced the grazing livestock here, as over-grazing can stunt tree growth.


When the path levels, continue upwards, keeping Hagg Beck in the valley to your left.


At the summit gate, you can take a detour to the trig point (this is optional - the views are just as good on the main route). Go through the gate and turn right, walking by the wall for 330yd (300m). At the trig point enjoy the views of the Three Peaks then head back through the gate and turn left.

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Walk along the moorland ridge, with the wall on your left, for 1.2 miles (2km), crossing a gate, a stile and a ruined wall. As you walk along the ridge, keep an eye out for the mosaic of various vegetation types. The red-brown patches are mainly purple moor grass, which tends to grow on boulder clay or Millstone Grit, and the areas of green grasses mixed in with small flowers grow over limestone.


When you reach a gate on the left turn right. Follow the footpath downhill towards Beckermonds with Greenfield Forest away to your left.


When you reach the River Wharfe, do not cross the bridge but turn right and follow the Dales Way footpath along the river towards Deepdale.

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At Deepdale cross the road bridge and turn right into the hamlet. A short way up the track, take the footpath on the right, signposted to Yockenthwaite. Look out for the Bronze-age stone circle and also a lime kiln between here and Yockenthwaite.

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At Yockenthwaite cross over the stone packhorse bridge to return to the start point.


Yockenthwaite Bridge, grid ref: SD904790

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Horse Head Moor and Deepdale walk


Mostly open access moorland and open fellside, returning along the River Wharfe. Steep climb of 1,000ft (605m) up to Horse Head Moor right from the start. Can be muddy after wet weather.

Dogs welcome under close control; they must be kept on leads at certain times of year (watch out for local notices during lambing season, or between March - end July when ground-nesting birds are on eggs or raising their young).

This walk requires an Ordnance Survey map and it is advisable to bring a compass.

Horse Head Moor and Deepdale walk

Contact us

Horse Head Moor and Deepdale walk

How to get here

Upper Wharfedale, Yockenthwaite, Yorkshire, BD23
By train

800/5 from Leeds station and Ilkley station (Sunday, Apr-Oct).

By road

Yockenthwaite is 3 miles (4.8km) north west of Buckden off the B6160. Parking on left-hand side of road, between Raisgill and Yockenthwaite.

By bus

Pride of the Dales 72, Skipton to Buckden.

By bicycle

Pennine Cycleway, signed on-road route near Kettlewell (around 5 miles (8km) from Buckden). Off-road cycling on bridleways.

Horse Head Moor and Deepdale walk

Facilities and access

  • Nearest non-National Trust toilets, cafés and pubs in Buckden
  • Dogs welcome under close control; they must be kept on leads at certain times of year