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Here you can read a personal account of the route for this stage, together with route maps centred around the start and end points, and information on transport connections, pubs, accommodation and camp sites. You can see a photo gallery, browse through the walk stages, and you can use Google search to look up the start and end points of your day's walking. GPX files for your sat nav are available for download, but please don't blame me if you get lost following them!

From: Fox and Hounds, West BurtonTo: Great Whernside12.4 miles20 km841m ascent314m descent
ThumbnailThe next 2 days are possibly the hardest on the entire route, and are very boggy in places, particularly on Little Whernside and the featureless moor to Great Haw. It's a 28 mile 2 day slog from here to Healey with no water, no accommodation and just 1 road. A 2 day lower level alternative is available in bad weather, or if you don't like bogs. For the next few days, my suggestions for overnight stops are just that - suggestions, and they won't suit everybody. I've tried to plan the route so you can find alternative stopping points if you prefer. For example, I camped on Great Whernside summit, but if you prefer a nice bed you can stop at the road below the mountain and get a taxi down to Kettlewell for the night, although that will leave you with a tough 17 mile slog the next day. The first section from West Burton climbs high above Bishopdale, and is pathless and boggy higher up, although navigation is helped by walls and fences. In bad weather, you could take a low level route up the Walden valley to Walden Head, but eventually you'll still have to climb up to join the main route on Buckden Pike. Anyway, let's get going, so head south-west on the road out of the village and take the path alongside Little Beck, before branching off to the right to Newbiggin. Follow the road through the village, then bear left onto the Wasset Fell Road track which climbs Newbiggin Pasture to Wasset Fell with its old lead mine workings. After Wasset Fell the track eventually peters out, but a fence appears guiding the way to Naughtberry Hill, our next objective, in difficult terrain. You may find a quad bike track to help if you're lucky. Keep on endlessly down the south-western flank of Naughtberry Hill to a boggy col, then tackle the final trudge up to Buckden Pike where we breach the 700m contour for the 4th time on the walk. In bad weather (or extreme thirst) there's a tempting escape route from Buckden Pike down to the White Lion Inn at Cray, and from there downstream alongside the River Wharfe to Kettlewell, from where you can rejoin the route tomorrow on Great Whernside. On the main route from the trig point, head south along the ridge across Starbotton Fell, passing a lovely memorial to a Polish air accident, towards Tor Mere, where the path drops down to the road at its highest point, Little Hunters Sleets. Kettlewell is about 2.5 miles down the road to the south west, where there are pubs, shops and B & Bs for an evening in Wharfedale, but those hardy souls amongst you may wish press on steeply up to Great Whernside at 704m for a wild camp for the night. If you need water, make sure you get some from Park Gill Beck (descending if necessary) before heading up, as there's none higher up and we've a long ridge walk tomorrow. The path up to Great Whernside is not too bad and there's magnificent views from the summit ridge in good weather. It's an attractive mountain, with rock formations and a huge cairn on the summit.
Bus LogoWest Burton: KettlewellBeer LogoFox and Hounds, West Burton: (George Inn, Thoralby: White Lion, Cray: Buckden: Kettlewell - off route)
Train LogoNoneBed LogoWhite Lion, Cray: Buckden: Kettlewell (all off route)
Car LogoWest Burton: Newbiggin: Little Hunters SleetsTent LogoLittle Hunters Sleets (wild): Great Whernside (wild): Kettlewell
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