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 route for Yockenthwaite to Cray wildlife walk


Yockenthwaite Bridge, grid ref: SD904790


Start at Yockenthwaite (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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In 1652, George Fox, the founder of the Quakers, stayed at Scar House and "converted the farmer to the Quaker Truth". The house later became a Quaker meeting place. A small enclosure with five trees marks an old burial ground. Continue 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.


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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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 440yd (400m) until you reach Hubberholme.

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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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There are lots of other interesting places to discover around here. If you have time 3 miles (4.8km) extra will take you to Buckden, which has an exhibition of the area's history at Townhead Barn. 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.


Yockenthwaite Bridge, grid ref: SD904790

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Yockenthwaite to Cray wildlife walk


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

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Yockenthwaite to Cray wildlife walk

How to get here

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

Pride of the Dales 72, Skipton station to Buckden, also buses from Leeds and Ilkley stations (Sundays, April to October).

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). 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