Yockenthwaite to Cray wildlife walk

Walking trail

Discover a landscape of limestone pavement, glaciated valleys and flower-rich hay meadows in the glorious setting of the Yorkshire Dales.

View down Upper Wharfedale, Yorkshire Dales

Map

Map route for Yockenthwaite to Cray wildlife walk

Start:

Yockenthwaite Bridge, grid ref: SD904790

1

Start at Yockenthwaite (a Viking name meaning Eoghans clearing in a wood) Bridge and follow the footpath signposted to Scar House. Turn right off the farm track at another footpath sign, going through Strans Wood and emerge on to the open hillside.

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limestone grassland and pavement near Yockenthwaite

2

Continue past Scar House towards Cray, keeping the woodland boundary on your right. (For a shorter walk, turn right at Scar House and follow the track into Hubberholme). Enjoy the view down Wharfedale's glaciated valley with its wide floor and ice-carved steep sides.

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Scar House

3

Cross Crook Gill and carry on through hay meadows to Cray. Enjoy the wildflowers and lots of birds throughout spring and summer. Hay is a valuable crop to farmers and it can suffer if trampled by too many feet, so please walk in single file.

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flowery bank near Cray

4

Drop down to your right when entering Cray and follow a footpath along Cray Gill to a road. Turn right and walk along it for 400m until you reach Hubberholme.

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The brown argus butterfly has orange spots on its wings

5

Return to Yockenthwaite via a footpath behind Hubberholme church and follow this route beside the River Wharfe all the way back.

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Image of a lapwing

6

There are lots of other interesting places to discover around here. If you have time 3 miles extra will take you to Buckden. Take the fellside path across the stepping stones from Cray to get there. Take the riverside path from Buckden to Hubberholme to rejoin this walk.

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Yockenthwaite Bridge

End:

Yockenthwaite Bridge, grid ref: SD904790

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Yockenthwaite to Cray wildlife walk

Terrain

Moderately energetic circular walk of approximately 6 miles (9.5km). There's a rather steep climb from Yockenthwaite then it's fairly flat until the descent out of Cray. There is a short stretch of road into Hubberholme.

Dogs welcome but must be kept on a lead.

Yockenthwaite to Cray wildlife walk

Contact us

Yockenthwaite to Cray wildlife walk

How to get here

Address
Upper Wharfedale, Yockenthwaite, Yorkshire, BD23 5JH
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

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

By bicycle

13 miles (20.9km) signed on-road cycle route from Skipton to Kettlewell (around 5 miles (8km) from Buckden). For further information visit Sustrans

Yockenthwaite to Cray wildlife walk

Facilities and access

  • Nearest (non-National) Trust toilets, cafés and pubs in Buckden
  • Dogs welcome but must be kept on a lead