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 (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


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


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


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


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


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


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 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 walking 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.

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

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