Buckden Gill Falls

Buckden Gill Falls

Buckden Gill is situated behind the village of Buckden in Wharfedale, it leads straight up from the village to the remains of Buckden Lead Mines and features waterfalls galore.

There are at least half a dozen waterfalls of note including two high falls which, had they been situated elsewhere, would surely have their own individual names. They certainly deserve to be better known.

One of the lower falls in Buckden Gill
One of the lower falls in Buckden Gill

The gill provides a fine alternative route on to Buckden Pike, in fact I don’t think it would be too much of an exaggeration to say that Buckden Gill has to be one of the best routes of ascent on to any of the major Dales fells. Indeed one could easily spend a few hours happily contemplating the series of waterfalls, which are as varied as they are beautiful, without ever making it to the top of Buckden Pike.

One of the finest of the Buckden Gill Falls
One of the finest of the Buckden Gill Falls

It should be added that the path, which is generally quite clear, is also quite narrow. A couple of short scrambles are required to follow the path all the way up to the lead mine and after the second scramble a short section of the path is very close to a steep drop so care does need to be taken. While I found it fairly easy going there was that slight element of risk that also made it quite exciting. It is perhaps not a route for people who are nervous of exposed places.

One of the upper waterfalls in Buckden Gill
One of the upper waterfalls in Buckden Gill

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