Buckden, North Yorkshire
Buckden village shop
Buckden shown within North Yorkshire
|OS grid reference|
|– London||200 mi (320 km) SE|
|Shire county||North Yorkshire|
|Region||Yorkshire and the Humber|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||Yorkshire and the Humber|
|UK Parliament||Skipton and Ripon|
Historically part of the West Riding of Yorkshire, Buckden is situated in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, and on the east bank of the River Wharfe in Wharfedale. The civil parish includes the hamlet of Cray and the whole of Langstrothdale. According to the 2001 Census the parish had a population of 184.
The village of Buckden is situated where Buckden Gill, which rises on Buckden Pike, joins the River Wharfe. Along the Gill is a disused lead mine - Buckden Gavel Mine. Where Langstrothdale joins Wharfedale is the village of Hubberholme, which contains a Norman church and inn.
The Dales Way passes close to the village, on the opposite bank of the Wharfe. A footpath leads north-east from the village to the top of Buckden Pike, and another south-west to Litton, above Arncliffe, in Littondale.
Buckden has a village shop, a residential outdoor education centre, and a public house, the Buck Inn. Denis Healey, the former Labour Chancellor of the Exchequer (1974–1979), states that he spent his honeymoon in a converted stable next to the Buck Inn.
A bridge at Buckden was destroyed in a flood in 1748. A later and present bridge is known as 'Election Bridge', as a prospective MP made the promise of a replacement bridge an electoral pledge.
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