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One of the most beautiful villages in Wharfedale, Burnsall lies on a bend of the River Wharfe surrounded by a spectacular circle of fells. The village was originally an Anglo-Viking settlement and the parish church still contains rare Viking and Anglo-Saxon carved stones which are well-worth a visit. A small exhibition tells their story inside the church.

Refreshments and getting here

Today, visitors receive a warm welcome from the Red Lion and the Devonshire Fell Hotel, the village shop and two cafés. There is plenty of car parking on both sides of the river in the summer months with public toilets and refreshments on site. Buses run through Burnsall on their way to and from Bolton Abbey. Details on the Dales Bus website.


The Dales Way long distance footpath runs through the village on its way to Grassington via Loup Scar (disabled access as far as Loup Scar), or you can walk southwards to Appletreewick, Barden Tower and Strid Wood - part of the Duke of Devonshire's estate at Bolton Abbey.

Other popular walks lead to the hidden village of Thorpe, Cracoe, Hebden, Parcevall Hall Gardens and the spectacular Troller's Gill. Keen fell walkers will find a choice of routes onto the high moorland onto Barden Moor Access Area.

Local Archaeology

Explore the archaeology of Lower Wharfedale (links to external website)

The barguest of Troller's Gill

The legend of the fearsome barguest of Troller's Gill (links to external website)

Burnsall Vikings

Find out more about the Vikings in Burnsall (links to external website)

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