Sunday, 28th September 2014

Walk: Buckden Pike, as a Marilyn Summit, it comes within the radar of the peak-bagging fraternity.
Start Point: Pay & Display Car Park in Buckden Village Grid Reference: SD 942 772
Distance: 9 miles Ascent: 1,715 feet
Time: 5.25 hours
Weather: A  dull start but ended with a beautiful sunny day.
Comments: 5 walkers set out from Buckden on a fairly clear dull morning, initially ascending through Rakes Wood. We climbed out of this dominant position at the head of Wharfdale on open track, prepared pathways and steps. Our initial destination, Buckden Pike, is the fourth highest peak in the southern Dales behind Whernside,Ingleborough,and Great Whernside, but ahead of Pen-y-Ghent. The walk took us on the principal route to the summit, we paused for a photo shoot at the summit where we were blessed with clearing skies and a little sunshine. Our next destination was the polish War Memorial where we recapped the history of the Memorial to the memory of five Polish airmen of the Royal Air Force, and the sole survivor Jozef ‘Joe’ Fusniak. We stopped for lunch at Tor Mere Top. Our route continued southwards towards Cam Head and a track leading down to the village of Starbotton, from there the Dales Way returned us back to Buckden.

Towards Rakes Wood

Ingleborough and Whernside from Buckden trig point

and again

Lesser Whernside from Buckden trig point

The Crew at the Pike

Buckden trig point

Polish Memorial Cross

and again

Windle Side

North Moor

Valley of Cam Gill Beck

Looking down at Starbotton

Valley of Cam Gill Beck

and again

and once more

Buckden Village Green

and again

Cheerful trio

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