The Kettlewell and Buckden walk in the Yorkshire Dales

North-west to Starbotton via Cross Wood, then further north to Buckden Lead Mine. South-west into Buckden village by following Buckden Beck through the steep-sided valley. South-east back to Kettlewell on the Dales Way, which generally follows the course of the River Wharfe. A 10-mile walk in the Yorkshire Dales.


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Two miles into the walk on an easy path from Kettlewell. Mike and I stop for a selfie just above Starbotton.


The path down to Starbotton on the Upper Wharfedale valley floor.


Time for a quick break in the lovely village of Starbotton.


Looking back towards Starbotton and the Wharfedale valley as we head uphill on the path to Buckden Lead Mine.


The makers of this sign obviously take their measurements very seriously, with distances shown in eights of a mile.


The start of the walk through the gill or ravine from Buckden Lead Mine down to Buckden village.

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The stream running through the gill is Buckden Beck and there are several waterfalls along its milelong course.


Three walkers negotiate the tricky path through the gill.

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Buckden Beck has carved out a narrow valley with steep sides. In certain places the footpath is very close to the edge and great care is needed.


Two-thirds of the way down and the footpath is easier to walk along. Buckden village can be seen at the bottom of the ravine.


A quick half at the Buck Inn before we start the four-mile stretch from Buckden to Kettlewell on the Dales Way.


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