Along the Upper Wharfe Valley the characteristic drystone walls and barns of the Dales, important flower-rich hay meadows, beautiful riverside and valley side woodland combine to create a wonderful place to relax and explore the great outdoors.
The famous Dales Way walk follows the tranquil River Wharfe which starts as a stream high up in Landstrothdale. It continues down to Yockenthwaite, Buckden, Kettlewell and towards Grassington. The river acts as a perfect habitat for many bird species. It's not uncommon to see kingfishers, oystercatchers, sand martins and herons.
From the lovely village of Buckden you can enjoy a brazing walk up to Buckden Pike where you can visit the Polish aircrew war memorial where a Wellington bomber crashed in bad weather in 1942, killing five men. The only survivor managed to find his way down the then snowy peak by following the tracks of a fox.
For more of a challenge continue around the fell towards Great Whernside, although lesser known and smaller than Whernside it boasts arguably better views of the surrounding hills and valleys and the footpath up is far less busy.
More stunning views can be observed on the path between Cray and Hubberholme. Explore the church in Hubberholme, well known for its hand carved oak pews before following the path to Cray where you will find a pub serving hot food, perfect for a spot of lunch.