Buckden - Upper Wharfedale
Skipton, South Dales

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Buckden is a bustling and thriving Parish to the north of Wharfedale, and consisting of stunning fields and meadows and hemmed by traditional dry stone walls. The area is dotted with farm houses, and welcoming country pubs which cluster around the River Wharfe, enticing visitors and walkers from far and wide.

There is always something going on in Buckden, and during the summer the village is a hive of activity with its traditional annual Gala. The villagers get together to enjoy the spectacular Brass Band, the fell race, children's competitions, livestock shows, and stalls selling mouthwatering home made delicacies, rounded off by a lively dance in the evening. Village traditions are kept alive with the village Institute hosting regular clubs, social events and meetings throughout the year.

The Dales Way and Buckden Pike attract the more serious walkers but there are numerous picturesque and more gentle walks, peaceful riverside strolls and trails from the centre of the village. There is something to suit all abilities. Buckden Pike is well worth a visit, the views from the top are breathtaking, and it is the venue for the annual fell race, much of the history of which is well documented. There are still the remains of the old lead mines on view, and a poignant war time memorial stands near to the summit.

Much of the area around Buckden is owned and managed by the National Trust who provide information about the history of the village and offer tourists and visitors some interesting exhibitions and ideas on places to visit.

There is an abundance of local wildlife with numerous species of birds, insects and wild flowers to discover. There is an outdoor education centre at Buckden House, where young...

 

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