It was just the perfect day for Buckden Gala. Traditionally held on the third Saturday of June, Buckden Gala has grown into a major attraction of Upper Wharfedale. Like so many other Dales Galas, which had as their origins a sheep show, it has expanded to include entertainment for the wider community. One of the highlights must be the Buckden Fell Race, from the village to Buckden Pike (702m or 2,303ft.) and back. Fell racing is a demanding sport, where competitors – of all ages and both sexes – take the shortest route possible to scale a peak and back again. The record time stands at 30 minutes 51 seconds. Amazing! You do not have to be an athlete to enjoy the Gala; many come for the music - often a Brass Band (this year it was the Skipton Community Orchestra) – children’s races, dog show or tug-o-war, in addition to the delights of cake stall, plants and numerous other side shows. Just good country fun!
June in Upper Wharfedale is a summer delight, well worth a visit – the meadows are stunning, the bird life buzzing, the fell walks give breath-taking views; added to which, at the end of the month (and into early July) is the nearby Grassington Festival which features national and international artistes. Take a look at www.grassington-festival.org.uk and maybe make a date for June 2018!