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Buckden Pike NP-009


Buckden Pike, G/NP-009 - 702m ASL - SD 960 787 - OS Explorer OL30 - 6 SOTA points         Map & summit information from SOTAwatch    Click to return to summit index


Following descent, we drove southwards via Arncliffe, and then sharp right northwards through Kettlewell, Buckden and Cray. There was a convenient small parking spot right opposite the bridleway at 394479. For the first few minutes, we walked along the level bridleway above Cray and heading back towards Buckden. Then we spotted an established trodden path contouring up the hill at an angle to the bridleway, so we followed this. In short order, we met the ascending bridleway route from Buckden, and then just followed this around to the summit, via several false summits. There were some very boggy bits, not quite as bad as the route from Tor Dyke, but with, of course, much more ascent.

Jimmy setting up the beam    National Trust sign on Buckden Pike    SOTA Beam on Buckden Pike summit

Again, like the earlier activation of Horse Head Moor G/NP-021, contacts were made on both 2m FM and 2m SSB, including keen VHF contester and SOTA chaser G3CWI on the latter. Today's soup was Spinnaker Bouillabaisse seafood soup, which was enjoyed by us both before descent. An even better treat awaited us upon our return home, with roast beef and all the trimmings. But definitely the best of all, was the peace of mind that the spectre of Jimmy moaning and groaning about missing Horse Head Moor, had been avoided. Phew!

Buckden Pike summit        Tom M1EYP on NP-009

Many thanks to the following stations, all worked on 2m with 2.5 watts:

M0SJJ Barrow-in-Furness Sam FM T, J
G4RQJ/P White Hill SP-006 Rob FM T, J
M0SGB/P Great Whernside NP-008 Steve SSB T, J
G3CWI/M Warrilow Hill (Charity Lane) Richard SSB T, J
G0HRW/P Winter Hill SP-010 Ian SSB T, J
GW4EVX/P Foel Fenlli NW-051 Ron FM T, J
G4BLH Brierfield Mike FM T

Buckden Pike 2004