Upper Wharfedale Panorama – Thursday 17 May 2018

Posted by Trevor Thurlow on 2018-05-20

Upper Wharfedale Panorama – Thursday 17 May 2018

I was joined by Cairan Grogan, of SOC’s Canoeing Section, for one of my favourite Dales walks on a glorious mid-May morning.

In bright sunshine, which was to remain with us throughout our walk, we were soon leaving Buckden and striding out along the Dales Way for the hamlet of Hubberholme, our first objective of the day.

Having crossed the bridge over the Wharfe we made our way into Langstrothdale following the river as far as the farm at Yockenthwaite. Turning away from the river now we made our way, initially up the steep and stony track and then via a pleasant footpath through Strains Wood, to Little House and the start of our promenade high above the twin dales. 

Enjoying Dales walking at its best we followed the lush grass paths, first via Scar House and then around the head of Wharfedale, with the bonus of a full length view from on high down the length of the dale to Kilnsey. On a day like this it was a view which stopped us in our tracks and which just needed to be savoured. Magnificent.

Continuing on our way we were soon down at Cray and making our way up the road to view Cray Falls, which were a little disappointing given the current spell of dry weather. However, there were still glorious views to be enjoyed, looking down onto Cray and round the corner of Chapel Moor to Hubberholme. I have stopped at worse places for a leisurely lunch.

Finally, making our way down through Rakes Wood we returned to the car after what had been a thoroughly enjoyable walk in good company. I even got an invitation to try my hand at a new water sport – open canoeing, I may just do that.


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