Yockenthwaite Moor- Sun 10th Feb 2008
Today's walk starts from the village of Buckden in Wharfedale and takes us to the wild and inhospitable summit of Yockenthwaite Moor via Cray, Scar House and Strans Gill. After which we descend toYockenthwaite and return via the Dales Way.

We leave the car park through this gate marked National Trust Upper Wharfedale and head up Buckden Rake towards the village of Cray.

We pass Hamish the young Highland cow at the start of our walk
As we near the top of Buckden Rake we stop to allow the farmer and his dog to pass, taking bales of straw up onto Buckden Moor for his sheep
The view down Langstrothdale from the top of Buckden Rake
We follow the wall through through a few more gates until we reach this gate which we pass through and descend steeply towards the village of Cray

(the sign post didn't have us fooled for long!!)

We reach the bottom of the track and cross the stepping stones over Cray Gill to arrive at the White Lion pub in Cray - a distance of approx 2.5 km from Buckden.
We pick up the path which heads west at the back of the pub signposted Yockenthwaite. Keeping to the path first crossing the footbridge at Crook Gill then above Todds Wood then Hubberholme Wood until we reach Scar House. Keeping to the path we pass through a wood and eventually arrive at the footbridge at Strans Gill

At this point we leave the path and keeping Strans Gill on our right hand side we head straight up the fell - A climb of about 2 km NNW over rough moorland terrain.

As we reach the summit we are now amongst seemingly endless peat hags and bogs.

Yockenthwaite Moor 643 m.

Buckden Pike can be seen in the distance.

We take a bearing and head due south off the fell passing this old stone ruin.

We descend through some crags at 450m. aiming for a barn at the corner of an intake wall, we pass through a gate and follow the track down to Yockenthwaite.

Keeping to the left of the River Wharfe we follow the Dales Way until we reach Hubberholme where we cross the bridge following the Dales Way along the road for about 2/3 km until it leaves the road and picks up the river again
Journey's end - Buckden.

A cracking walk and the glorious weather made a really pleasant change.

Distance approx 10.4 miles / 16.7km