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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. See below for details.

  • Yockenthwaite and Birks Tarn

  • Orchid and Meadow Cranesbill in Langstrothdale

  • Mossdale Beck and Great Whernside

  • 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 service from Leeds via Otley, Ilkley, to Bolton Abbey, Grassington, Kettlewell and Buckden
  • DalesBus service no 74 provides a summer Saturday service between Bradford and Grassington
  • Dalesbus service No 873 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]
  • Wharfedale Packhorse runs Saturday evenings between Ilkley / Skipton and upper Wharfedale [bookable in advance]Call (01756) 752 222 http://www.wharfedalepackhorse.co.uk/
  • 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


This page was last updated on 14-Sep-2018

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