Buckden holiday cottages are in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, surrounded by high, heather moorland, lush valleys and imposing, flat-topped hills. This peaceful village lies in the shadow of towering Buckden Pike, on the banks of the River Wharfe. The region is remote and rugged, with countless paths meandering past farmland, drystone dykes and pretty villages such as Kettlewell and Starbotton, (which you pass through on the way up the Dale to Buckden) which barely seem to have changed in recent decades. Pretty stone cottages dot the village, which has a pub, a shop and an outdoor centre. It goes without saying, that Self-catering holidays in Buckden are popular a popular choice for anyone planning a walking holiday in the Yorkshire Dales, although there is a little healthy competition from cavers and cyclists.
The Dales Way, an 84-mile footpath from Ilkley to Bowness-on-Windermere, passes through the village, along the banks of the River Wharfe. If you’re looking for a shorter route, try the path to the summit of Buckden Pike, Wharfedale’s second highest peak. It’s a fairly strenuous climb to the top but you’ll be rewarded with breathtaking views of the dales. There’s a memorial cross there for the five Polish members of the Royal Air Force who died when their plane crashed into the moor, in 1942. Buckden has a fascinating history of lead-mining and hunting, and the remains of an old mine can still be seen on the village’s outskirts. Nearby, a stone circle is thought to be the remnants of a pre-historic burial mound. If you fancy a pint of Yorkshire ale before retiring to your holiday cottage in Buckden, head to the George Inn, in the neigbouring hamlet of Hubberholme. This historic pub has a reputation for serving some of the region’s best pies. Try beef and beetroot or chicken, ham and leek, both of which are award-winners. Buckden is an excellent base if you want to visit the Yorkshire Dales’ villages and market towns. Kettlewell, Grassington, Askrigg, Hardraw and Hawes are all less than a half-hour drive from the village.