Buckden Pike and the Polish Memorial

Walking trail

This strenuous walk climbs to the top of Buckden Pike, heads along the ridge passing the Polish War Memorial and back down into Starbotton returning along the riverside.

Buckden view in Upper Wharfedale, Yorkshire Dales


Map route for Buckden Pike and the Polish Memorial walk


Buckden car park, grid ref: SD943774


Leave Buckden through the bridleway gate at the top of the car park leading away from the village. When you reach a metal gate, turn right and continue up the bridleway. Go through another wooden gate, and follow the path uphill through several open gateways in the drystone walls until you reach another wooden gate.

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Looking up Langstrothdale from Buckden Rake


Go through the gate and continue along the surfaced route, constructed to prevent damage to the fragile peat moorland, until you reach a steeper stone-pitched path. Follow this to the summit trig point at 702m.

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Looking towards the Three Peaks from Buckden Pike


Do not cross the wall but continue along the wide moorland ridge, crossing a stile and keeping the wall on your left. The moorland here is important blanket bog and we are creating a path with old mill flagstones. This will protect the delicate peat from erosion. At the south end of the ridge cross the ladder stile that leads to the Polish Airmen's memorial.

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Foxes head scultpure in Polish memorial


Walk downhill from the memorial, this time keeping the wall on your right. Take care as the peat is badly eroded and there are many gullies known as hags. When your reach a gate in the wall turn right and go through it. Follow the old Walden Road 2 miles (3.2km) downhill to Starbotton.


At Starbotton cross the road and follow the walled lane that leads down to the river. Cross the bridge over the River Wharfe and turn right. Follow the Dales Way footpath along the riverside back to Buckden. At the road go through the gate, turn right and take care as you cross the bridge and head back up the road towards the village and the car park.

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On the Dales Way between Starbotton and Buckden


Buckden car park, grid ref: SD943774

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Buckden Pike and the Polish Memorial


Mostly across fields, unmade tracks and open fellside. Very strenuous, steep climb up to Buckden Pike; can be muddy after wet weather.  In winter the ground can be very wet as it crosses blanket bog in places.

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.

Buckden Pike and the Polish Memorial

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Buckden Pike and the Polish Memorial

How to get here

Upper Wharfedale, Buckden, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 5JA
By road

18 miles (29km) north of Skipton; follow signs from Threshfield and Kettlewell.

By foot

Buckden is on the Dales Way long distance footpath.

By bus

Dales Bus services  - https://www.dalesbus.org/uploads/1/1/3/9/113919127/72.pdf


By bicycle

On Yorkshire Dales Cycleway (National Cycle Network Regional Route 10); follow B6160 from Kettlewell to Buckden.

Buckden Pike and the Polish Memorial

Facilities and access

  • Car park (not National Trust)
  • Toilets available at National Park car park
  • Pubs and cafés available in Buckden
  • Dogs welcome under close control; they must be kept on leads at certain times of year