Burnsall is a picturesque riverside village downstream of Grassington.
Situated by an ancient packhorse bridge crossing a bend in the meandering river Wharfe, the village makes an excellent location for exploring the unspoiled countryside.
Nearby attractions include Loup Scar, the quaintly named village of Appletreewick and the sinister limestone gorge of Troller’s Gill in Trollerdale, said to be haunted by Scandinavian trolls and a huge spectral hound with eyes as big as saucers.
Circular driving route from Skipton to Grassington via Burnsall
Circular driving route from Skipton to Grassington via Burnsall Circular driving route from Skipton to Grassington via Burnsall
Distance: 27 miles, Wooden Bridge at Linton Falls, photo by Bods
From Skipton, take the Grassington Road, A6131, north out of Skipton.
After roughly 7 mls and just before Grassington, the road passes a quarry on the left; shortly after that, take the right turn onto Lauradale Lane, B6265, to Linton village.
Linton has a pretty village green with a small beck and is surrounded by several attractive buildings including Fountaine’s Hospital. These almshouses were built in the 18th century .
After leaving Linton, Lauradale Lane crosses the B6160 and becomes Church Road, which then turns sharply to the right to the church at the end of the road. Linton Church is on a bank of the River Wharfe and has an unusual bell turret. A set of stepping stones across the river was used by parishioners living on the other side of the river.
A small car park on Church Road allows the visitor to park and walk the short distance to the river to see Linton Falls. Here the Wharfe tumbles over limestone rocks before continuing its journey. Upstream from the falls there is a modern hydroelectric plant which was built on the site of the original 1909 plant that provided power to the villages of Linton and Grassington. A wooden bridge crosses the river; from here it is possible to walk into Grassington village, a walk of roughly 0.5 ml.
Alternatively, drive back along Church Road, continue straight ahead at the sharp bend, towards Station Road. Turn right onto Station Road, towards Grassington. At a right bend, Station Road becomes Hebden Road. There is a large car park a short distance along Hebden Road with a short walk into Grassington village. See our entry for Grassington.
Grassington to Burnsall via Hebden
From Grassington, take the B6265, Hebden Road, towards Hebden. After approximately 1.8 mls, take the right turn into the village. Hebden has a long history of human habitation from the Bronze Age. It was on a sheep droving and pack-horse route, later a turnpike road, the beck has been used for a fulling mill and a cotton mill, in the 18th and 19th century became prosperous from the proceeds of lead mining and latterly was a tourist destination in the early 20th century.
Continue through Hebden on Main Street and then Mill Lane and so down the hill to Burnsall Lane. Continue along this road for approximately 1.6 mls to a T-junction, turn right onto Hartlington Raikes and then right again after approximately 0.1 mls, towards Burnsall. This will take you into the village via the splendid 5-arch bridge over the Wharfe. See our entry for Burnsall.
Burnsall to Bolton Abbey
From Burnsall, take the B6160 towards Bolton Abbey. The road roughly follows the river Wharfe, but keeps to higher ground, giving wide and long distance views of Wharfedale and the hills beyond. Bolton Abbey is reached in approximately 6.5 mls, see our entry for Bolton Abbey .
From Bolton Abbey, continue south along the B6160 until reaching the roundabout on the A59. Turn right to return t