Old Cote Moor from Kettlewell

Walking trail

This high-level walk follows the exposed ridge separating Wharfedale and Littondale, commanding superb fellside views, and returning along the tranquil riverside from Buckden.

Walking along the footpaths of Upper Wharfedale, Yorkshire Dales


Map route for Old Cote Moor from Kettlewell


Kettlewell car park, grid ref: SD968723


Turn right out of the car park and cross the road bridge leading away from the village. Once over the bridge turn right and follow the stony track through the upper left-hand gate.


Leave the track at the footpath on your left, signposted to Arncliffe. Follow the path steeply uphill and through a nick in the crags, taking care here as it can be slippery when wet, then continue, level at first, then uphill again.


When you reach a ladder stile, climb over and continue uphill through a low rocky terrace. You will soon arrive at another ladder stile; do not cross this but turn right, keeping the wall on your left. You are now on the Old Cote Moor summit ridge and the path gradually climbs as you head onwards, levelling off as you reach the ridge plateau.


Cross the ladder stile in the wall and continue along the ridge, again with the wall on your left.


Head away from the wall and walk to the summit trig point.


Continue past the trig point for approximately 300m until you reach a stoneflagged bridleway. Turn right and follow this down the hill towards Buckden, which soon comes into view in the valley below, nestling beneath the bulk of Buckden Pike.

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Follow the bridleway until you reach some sheep pens, then follow the winding track downhill until you reach the road. Turn right and walk along the road until you reach Buckden Bridge. Just before the bridge turn right onto the riverside footpath.

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Follow the path as it leads away from the river bank onto a well-made farm track, turning left to follow the track.

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The path continues across the fields and then joins the riverside with Starbotton over the river on your left.


Pass the bridge to Starbotton on your left and continue towards Kettlewell as the path makes its way through hay meadows.


As you approach Kettlewell you will climb up from the riverside and see Kettlewell Bridge again. Go through the gate, turn left to cross the road bridge, watching out for traffic, and return to the car park.


Kettlewell car park, grid ref: SD968723

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Old Cote Moor from Kettlewell


Strenuous walk along open fellside, returning along the River Wharfe. Very steep climb up to Old Cote Moor. 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.

Old Cote Moor from Kettlewell

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Old Cote Moor from Kettlewell

How to get here

Kettlewell, Upper Wharfedale, Yorkshire Dales, BD23 5HY
By road

North-west from Grassington, off B6160.

By bus

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

By bicycle

Pennine Cycleway, signed on-road route near Kettlewell. Off-road cycling on bridleways.

Old Cote Moor from Kettlewell

Facilities and access

  • Pubs and cafés are available in Buckden Village
  • Dogs welcome under close control; they must be kept on leads at certain times of year