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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 hog-backed Viking gravestones.

There is a riverside village green, a shop, two cafés and two inns.

The Dales Way (website opens in new window) 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 Woods - part of the Duke of Devonshire's estate at Bolton Abbey (website opens in new window). Other popular walks lead to the “hidden” village of Thorpe, Cracoe, Hebden, Parcevall Hall Gardens and the spectacular Troller’s Gill, whilst keen fell walkers will find a choice of routes onto the high moorland onto Barden Moor Access Area.

Public Transport Links:

  • Buses 74 (Monday to Saturday) and 874 (Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays) from Ilkley and Grassington
  • Bus 800 (Summer Sundays and Bank Holidays) from York, Leeds and Ilkley

Bus times can be checked on the Dalesbus website (link opens in new window).

Local services: Pub, toilets, café, accommodation, Park Information Point (PIP)

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