Buckden Pike

A popular summit with far-reaching sunset views. The Memorial Cross is for five Polish RAF airmen who died here when they crashed in a snowstorm in 1942. It was built with local help by the sole survivor, who crawled to safety in the valley by following the trail of a fox – there’s a bronze fox’s head on the memorial to commemorate this. There are some interesting lead mine tunnels on the way up, where ‘Buckden Bill’ – a body from the 1890s, never identified – was found in 1964.

Directions: There’s a large car park in Buckden village on the B6160. A gate leads out onto the fell. Follow the beck straight up to reach the old Buckden Gavel lead mine first.