This Lesser-Known Yorkshire Dales Waterfall Trail Is The Perfect Adventure

Summer is finally here! With that comes us Yorkshire folk fuming that it’s too hot, but that still won’t stop us from taking coat with us (just in case). Now the sun is out, we’re looking to get out and about in the beautiful sunshine. One of our favourite walks is found in the Yorkshire Dales, Cray Gills falls in the upper Wharfdale is a spectacular walk where you can enjoy a waterfalls trail that competes with Ingleton Falls trail.

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The 5-mile walk takes you from Buckden up to Cray Gill Falls via Hubbleholme. There are some beautiful waterfalls to experience along this lesser-known Dales walk, which you will absolutely love. Cray Gill Falls and Crook Gill are the most impressive waterfalls along the walk which has a couple of pubs along the way – even better!

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You can park up in Buckden and head out towards Hubberholme following the River Wharfe, follow the Cray Gill upstream. Then follow the path alongside Todd’s Wood passed Cray. You can enjoy the beautiful Cray Gill waterfall, a spectacular sight that you can enjoy from Cray High Bridge.

Cray Waterfalls
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You can either choose to head up to the White Lion for a lovely pint or head back towards Buckden. The walk takes in a succession of three beautiful waterfalls and some smaller ones. Look out for Crook Gill, Cow Close Gill and the Cray Gill Waterfalls. Each waterfall has its own unique pull and is absolutely amazing to experience. The collection of waterfalls in the area are known as Cray Waterfalls and a must-see for any avid walker.

Cray Waterfalls
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Cow Close Gill is a dramatic cascading waterfall in which its water tumbles down the valley. Cray Gill is a roaring waterfall, and after a good rainfall, it is a brilliant opportunity for some exciting photographs. Cow Close Water is a 4-tier waterfall on the way back to Buckden – which is a brilliant crescendo to a grand ol’ walk. You can head over to the pub afterwards for a rewarding pint.

Read More: 8 Of The Most Stunning Waterfalls In The Yorkshire Dales

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