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Wharfedale footpath at Strans Wood
Grassy tracks around Upper Wharfedale | © National Trust Images / Peter Katic

Upper Wharfedale Ranger Run

Discover the Wharfedale Valley on this moderate trail run. The circular route begins by following the meandering River Wharfe through farmland and small Yorkshire villages, crossing country bridges and passing a medieval church. The trail then climbs to higher ground above the dale, tackling limestone terraces and woodland, and offering views across the glacial-formed valley. This route was created in collaboration with trail runners Jen and Sim Benson as part of our Ranger Run Series.

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Total steps: 7

Total steps: 7

Start point

Yorkshire Dales National Par car park Buckden, Skipton, BD23 5JA. Grid ref: SD942773.

Step 1

Turn left out of the car park and cross the road to head across the village green. Turn right onto Dubb's Lane and cross the bridge over the River Wharfe before going through the gate on your right to follow the Dales Way footpath. Follow this footpath as it runs alongside the river and then back onto Dubb's Lane to Hubberholme. Take care on the road.

Step 2

At Hubberholme, cross the bridge and follow signs for the Dales Way around the back of the church and onto the footpath that runs along the northside of the river. Follow this until you reach Yockenthwaite.

Step 3

Once at Yockenthwaite, follow the track up the hill and around the back of the farm, following signs to Scar House. Turn right off the steep farm track at another footpath sign, which will take you through Strans Wood and then onto the open hillside. Continue until you reach Scar House.

Step 4

From Scar House, continue on the track towards Cray, keeping the woodland boundary on your right.

A Northen Brown Argus butterfly perched on a flower bud showing the underside of its wings.
Northern Brown Argus butterfly | © National Trust Images/Matthew Oates

Step 5

Continue on the path towards Cray as it bears gently left towards Crook Gill, which carves its way down the hillside.

Step 6

Cross Crook Gill and continue through hay meadows until you reach the hamlet of Cray. Please remember to run in single file along the signposted footpaths through the fields, as hay is a valuable crop to farmers and can suffer if its trampled.

Step 7

At Cray, cross Park Lane and go over the stepping stones to join a fellside path. Head up the hill – the last little climb – to the small gate at the top. Turn right on the footpath and head down the track, which eventually bears left before heading through a wooded area, until you reach Buckden and the end of the trail.

End point

Yorkshire Dales National Par car park Buckden, Skipton, BD23 5JA. Grid ref: SD942773.

Trail map

Upper Wharfedale Ranger Run map
Upper Wharfedale Ranger Run map | © Crown copyright and database rights 2013 Ordnance Survey

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