Buckden Pike 14 August 2016
A very select group, Ann Luxmoore, Patrick Pridmore, Ron and I, set off from Richmond in one car (thus reducing our carbon footprint and car parking costs) and reached Buckden in good time. Since no-one else joined us it remained a select group and we started our ascent of Buckden Pike shortly after 10.30am. The weather was very pleasant: warm enough for shorts, mostly sunny intervals and no wind. The path from the car park at Buckden climbs steadily and we paused for a coffee stop and to admire the view along Wharfedale just before the final, steeper section. The view from the top of the Pike is pretty spectacular with views across to the Yorkshire Three Peaks.
We continued southwards along the top and past the memorial to five Polish airmen who lost their lives when their plane crashed during a snowstorm on 30 January 1942. A sixth airman, Joseph Fusniak (rear gunner), survived and managed to crawl to the village of Cray by following in the tracks of a fox. The full story is on the website: www.buckdenpike.co.uk
After the memorial, the path crosses moorland and is a bit soggy in parts but then becomes a grassy path downhill towards Starbotton. We had our picnic on a well maintained bench with a lovely view over Starbotton and along the valley. After lunch we crossed the valley and followed the Dales Way upstream along the River Wharfe back to Buckden and finished off a very enjoyable walk in good company with an ice cream.