The top of Wharfedale, to me, is the most beautiful place in the world. I feel a sense of calm and serenity when nestled between the hills and I could sit and watch the world go by for hours on end. This is why we have visited The White Lion at Cray on a few occasions. We’ve always received a welcome as warm as the roaring fire and the food has been consistently outstanding. It’s the perfect base to get my ‘Wharfedale fix’ whilst staying in a beautiful country inn.
There are two walks I can personally recommend if you’re in this area:
The first is a walk starting from just below The White Lion and follows the Cray Gill Falls that trickle (or rage, depending on the weather!) from the top of Cray Gill down to Buckden. https://myyorkshiredales.co.uk/walks/cray-gill/
The second is a beautiful walk starting from behind The White Lion following a route across the top of Wharfedale with spectacular views of the valley eventually dropping down in to the village of Hubberholme before following a path back up to Buckden. We once saw a kingfisher flitting up the River Wharfe when heading back towards Buckden. https://www.walkingenglishman.com/dales62.html
A much more challenging day out and one I haven’t braved (yet!) is the climb up Buckden Pike.
From Buckden the road branches off signposted to Hubberholme and if you travel further up this road you’ll reach the hamlet of Yockenthwaite. Again, fans of All Creatures Great and Small will recognise the farm at Yockenthwaite as Helen’s farm. In reality, Yockenthwaite Farm produces delicious granola, porridge and muesli – we’ve ordered before and I would highly recommend! https://yockenthwaitefarm.co.uk/.
There’s a short, easy walk starting from Yockenthwaite Farm which we did when I was pregnant. https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/upper-wharfedale/trails/discover-langstrothdale.
A stunning area of the Dales.