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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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Hubberholme Church Great Whernside


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. See below for details.

Yockenthwaite Birks Tarn

Orchid in Langstrothdale Meadow Cranesbill in Langstrothdale
Mossdale Beck Great Whernside
Buckden Waterfall Buckden Mine
Above Arncliffe New House in Langstrothdale

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 always consult the relevant OS map. All timings are approximate and for a person of average fitness and ability.

Public Transport

  • DalesBus service 874 provides a Sunday service from Leeds via Otley, Ilkley, to Bolton Abbey, Grassington, Kettlewell and Buckden
  • DalesBus service 875 provides a summer Sunday service from Leeds to Hawes via Grassington and Kettlewell
  • DalesBus service 74 provides a summer Saturday service between Bradford and Grassington
  • Dalesbus service 873/884 provides a Sunday service between Skipton and Ilkley serving Bolton Abbey Strid Woods and Embsay
  • Transdev service No X43 provides a frequent Sunday service from Burnley to Skipton and connects with the 72 to Grassington
  • Service 72 and 72A provides a Mon - Sat service from Skipton to Grassington [72A is normally a 16 seater minibus]
  • Service 72B provides a Mon - Sat services from Grassington NP Centre to Buckden [72B is normally a 16 seater minibus]
  • Service 74A provides a Mon and Wed service from Ilkley to Grassington NP Centre [normally a 16 seater minibus]
  • Northern Rail provide a frequent and fast train service from Leeds/ Bradford to Skipton and Ilkley -www.northernrailway.co.uk Dales Rambler tickets are available for combined bus and rail travel

Additional DalesBus services run on Summer Sundays

See www.dalesbus.org

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 This page was last updated on 15-May-2021

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