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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 there

Today, visitors receive a warm welcome from the Red Lion and the Devonshire Fell Hotel, the village shop and two cafés. There is car parking, public toilets and refreshments available all year round on the west side of the river. Additional parking is available on the east side of the river during summer months.  Burnsall has a limited bus service connecting it with Ilkley and Grassington.


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.