The thirteen walkers making up John and Pat Wilson's party last Saturday were fortunate to have a day of fine weather after all the heavy rain during the previous week. Leaving Buckden the group had an energetic start climbing some 500 meters up East Side to the old lead mines area. The group then walked south along field boundaries to Starbottom and a welcome coffee break amidst snowdrops and daffodils beside the bridge. The Dales Way path was then followed to lunch at Hubberholme in a gloriously sunny setting. Everywhere small becks were in spate giving lively waterfalls on the surrounding hillsides. The group then pressed on to Yockenthwaite, the most westerly point of the walk before crossing The Wharfe to follow the beautiful track around the head of the dale to Cray. High water levels made the crossing of Crook Gill a challenge, an experience that was repeated at the stepping stones over Cray Gill. The final part of our eleven and a half mile walk was along the bridleway known as Buckden Rake back to our start point.
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