.............. ....... Upper Wharfedale

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The quintessential Yorkshire Dale and probably the most frequented area to the north of Grassington including the villages of Kettlewell, Starbotton, Buckden, Arncliffe and Litton. Upper Wharfedale includes Langstrothdale and Littondale for these purposes. Undoubtedly, this is one of the best walking areas in the Dales with over touristed areas such as Kettlewell  but some surprisingly under-walked areas to be found. See Lower Wharfedale as a separate page which includes the area of Grassington and to the south.

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  • Above Arncliffe and New House in Langstrothdale


Map reading is essential for these walks. Relevant maps are OS Outdoor Leisure 2 Southern & Western areas (double sided map) and Outdoor Leisure 30 Northern & Central areas (double sided)

There are several bus services in Wharfedale, including the frequent No 72 service between Skipton and Grassington, with some buses continuing to Buckden. On Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays the 872 provides a frequent service from Skipton to Grassington. On Mondays to Saturdays the 74 provides a service from Ilkley to Grassington. This becomes the 874 on Sundays and bank holiday Mondays. On Sundays, and some Tuesdays and Saturdays in summer, Dalesbus services run from West Yorkshire via Wharfedale to Hawes. See www.dalesbus.org for details.

  • Yockenthwaite and Birks Tarn

  • Orchid and Meadow Cranesbill in Langstrothdale

  • Mossdale Beck and Great Wherside

  • Buckden Waterfall and Mine

Important note:- Whilst the author has taken every care in assembling the information on this site, no responsibility can be accepted for any error or omission herein. If in any doubt walkers should consult the relevant OS map.

Public Transport

  • DalesBus service No 874 provides a Sunday servicefrom Leeds via Otley, Ilkley, to Bolton Abbey, Grassington, Kettlewell and Buckden
  • Dalesbus service No 872 provides a frequent Sunday service from Burnley to Skipton and Grassington
  • Service 72 provides a Mon - Sat service from Skipton to Grassington with some services extending through to Buckden / Hebden
  • Service 74 provides a Mon - Sat service from Ilkley to Grassington
  • Northern Rail provide a frequent and fast train service from Leeds/ Bradford to Skipton -www.northernrail.org

Additional DalesBus services run on Summer Sundays

See www.dalesbus.org and www.traveldales.org.uk


This page was last updated on 03-Jan-2015

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