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Visitors enjoying a walk along the River Wharfe at Buckden, Yorkshire Dales
Visitors enjoying a walk along the River Wharfe at Buckden, Yorkshire Dales | © National Trust Images/Ben Selway

Buckden to Starbotton hillside and river walk

Enjoy a 5-mile circular walk on the fellside with classic views along the Wharfe valley. On the way you'll encounter stepping-stones, a centenary path and huge Wellingtonia trees. Return along the beautiful riverside path of the River Wharfe.


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.

Total steps: 6

Total steps: 6

Start point

Buckden car park, grid ref: SD943774

Step 1

Leave Buckden car park through the bridleway gate leading away from the village. Immediately turn right behind the car park at the sign (Buckden Lead Mine and Starbotton). Follow the path to a stile. Cross the stile and continue until you reach a track. Turn right and follow the track until you arrive at the sheep pens on your right.

Step 2

Cross the beck, using the stepping-stones, and follow the path signed to Buckden Lead Mine. Occasionally it may not be possible to cross the beck due to high water. If it is not possible to cross retrace your steps back to the start.

Step 3

Above the steep and strenuous section of the Centenary Path, the route approaches a wall, then doubles back on itself, heading towards a footpath sign.

Step 4

Follow the sign for Starbotton, cross the wall stile then follow the waymarker posts down into Starbotton.

Step 5

At Starbotton carry on through the village and with care, cross the main road. Follow the bridleway signposted to Arncliffe along a narrow walled lane to the bridge across the river.

Step 6

Cross the bridge and then turn right, following the Dales Way back to Buckden.

End point

Buckden car park, grid ref: SD943774

Trail map

Trail map route for Buckden to Starbotton hillside and river walk, Yorkshire Dales
Trail map route for Buckden to Starbotton hillside and river walk, Yorkshire Dales | © Crown copyright and database rights 2013 Ordnance Survey

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