This walk is not recommended for the faint-hearted as to reach the summit requires a climb of 1500 feet!
Ample parking space is usually available at the large car park at the north of the village.
I started my walk by proceeding up Buckden Rake. The stony footpath is visible from the car park,
(Buckden Rake follows the line of a Roman road linking Ilkley and Bainbridge.)
When climbing up Buckden Rake, the occasional break in the trees give way to some really spectacular views.
However, nothing prepares you for the views from now on!....
When the track reaches a fork, follow the sign for Buckden Pike. The grassy footpath is very clear as you climb further up a slanting hillside.
After climbing further I would recommend a breather to take in the views of Upper Wharfedale behind you. On a bright, clear day the vista is truly magnificent
This lovely gateway certainly deserved to be photographed, having such a wonderful backdrop on its doorstep!
Continue up a stepped path, keeping to the right of a wall. You will be rewarded for your rapid heartbeat and the sweat on your brow as the summit comes into view!
An OS trig point and a wonderfully shaped cairn sit on the summit.
From the summit, cross a ladder stile and turn right, following the wall. At the walled corner descend a track towards a deep valley. Follow the signs back to Buckden. The views from here are yet again truly amazing!
Eventually Buckden comes into view as you descend the path back to the car park.