Buckden Pike Walk

The Route

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Start Point: Buckden Car Park, Buckden, North Yorkshire, BD23 5JA

Finish Point: Same as start point (circular walk)

Distance: Approximately 5.5 miles (8.9 kilometres)

Walk Description

Starting Point: Buckden Car Park, Buckden, North Yorkshire, BD23 5JA

Key Highlights:

  • Buckden Pike: The summit offers fantastic views over Wharfedale and beyond. At 702 meters, it is one of the highest peaks in the Yorkshire Dales.
  • Polish War Memorial: A poignant memorial commemorating the crash of a Polish RAF bomber during WWII. The lone survivor managed to reach safety in heavy snow, leading to the erection of this memorial.
  • Lead Mines: Remnants of old lead mining activity add historical interest to the walk.

End Point: Buckden Car Park, Buckden

Practical Information

Distance: Approximately 5.5 miles (8.9 kilometers)

Difficulty: Moderate – the walk includes steep ascents and descents, with some sections on uneven and potentially boggy terrain.

Terrain: Mixed terrain including well-defined paths, rough tracks, and sections that may be muddy or slippery, especially after rain.


  • By Car: Parking is available at the Buckden Car Park. Parking fees are around £3 for two hours or £5 for over two hours. Free street parking is limited.
  • Public Transport: Buses service Buckden, with stops at the Buck Inn and the car park.

Tips for Walkers

Footwear: Sturdy walking boots with good grip are essential due to uneven and potentially boggy terrain.

Supplies: Bring water, snacks, and possibly a packed lunch. The Buck Inn in Buckden is a great spot for refreshments post-walk.

Navigation: The route is moderately signposted. Carrying a detailed map (OS Explorer OL30) or a GPS device is recommended for safety and navigation.

The Buckden Pike walk offers a rewarding climb with breathtaking views and historical significance.

Starting from Buckden village, the 5.5-mile circular route takes you up to the summit of Buckden Pike, past the poignant Polish War Memorial, and through areas of historical lead mining activity.

This moderate walk provides a blend of natural beauty, historical intrigue, and physical challenge, making it a popular choice for walkers exploring the Yorkshire Dales.

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