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Wharfedale Loop via Burnsall

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  • Narrow lanes through Yorkshire Dales villages
    / Narrow lanes through Yorkshire Dales villages
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  • / Grassington Town Hall.
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  • / Linton Falls.
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  • / River Wharfe.
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  • / Bridge & Stepping Stones.
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  • / Friendly cows!
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  • / A trail en route
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  • / Riverside walking
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  • / Old stone way marker
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m 300 250 200 150 100 12 10 8 6 4 2 km The Old Hall Inn The Fountaine Inn The Red Lion Hotel Linton Falls Loup Scar
This is a circular walk out of Grassington and over the River Wharfe at Linton Falls. From here the route goes through the pretty villages of Linton, Thorpe and Burnsall before returning to Grassington via the Dales Way.
Distance 13.4 km
4:15 h
204 m
200 m
280 m
136 m
Leaving Grassington Town Hall, the route leads out of the town and down to the picturesque Linton Falls on the River Wharfe. From here you continue on to the pretty village of Linton and over farmland to Thorpe and Burnsall. This is a good spot for lunch as refreshments are available in the village. The walk now follows the Dales Way alongside the River Wharfe, crossing  by the suspension bridge further on. From here the route follows on the opposite bank of the river back into Grassington and back to the Town Hall.

Author’s recommendation

Today’s walk takes in some classic Yorkshire Dales villages. The picturesque village of Linton is a gem with its small stream, Packhorse Bridge, old pub and village green. Burnsall is a tourist honeypot with its bridge over the River Wharfe, cafes, pub and open green spaces. Keep your eyes peeled on the river section or today’s walk and you may be lucky enough to see Kingfishers and Dippers along the Wharfe.
Highest point
280 m
Lowest point
136 m
Best time of year

Rest stops

The Fountaine Inn
The Red Lion Hotel
The Devonshire
The Old Hall Inn
Retreat Tearoom & Bistro
The Black Horse Hotel
The Corner House Cafe
Grassington House Restaurant

Safety information

There is very little climbing or descending on this walk. However, some parts are muddy and could be slippery. The road sections out of Grassington to Linton and at Burnsall require care. These routes can be very busy, especially during peak summer seasons.

Tips and hints

Grassington is a small market town with a full range of facilities. There is a small supermarket, bank and cash point facility, post office and numerous small shops. There are a number of pubs and cafes as well as the National Park Centre.. On this circular walk there is a pub at Linton and a café and pub at Burnsall, should you require refreshment on the way.

Points of Interest.


The market town of Grassington is one of the thriving hubs of the Yorkshire Dales. Recorded in the Doomsday Book it was originally an agricultural settlement and later a location for lead mining. It has a Folk Museum and a National Park Centre. In June it hosts a cultural festival and in September a 1940’s weekend. During the first two weeks in December the Dickensian Festival transforms the town back to the Victorian Era. 

Linton Falls  

These are the largest waterfalls of the River Wharfe and are found on the outskirts of Grassington. A footbridge spans the falls, replacing the original Tin Bridge built to take the workers over the river to the former Linton Mill.


This pretty village is situated on the banks of the River Wharfe and on the Dales Way. Its picturesque nature makes it a local “honey pot” for visitors. The multi arched bridge, village green and river meadows attract walkers, cyclists and day trippers and there are also a number of cafes and a pub. It was one of the locations used in the Calendar Girls feature film.



Grassington Town Hall. (214 m)
OS Grid
SE 00336 64198
54.073712, -1.996345
54°04'25.4"N 1°59'46.8"W
30U 565671 5992188


Grassington Town Hall.

Turn-by-turn directions

0.00 km – With your back to Grassington Town Hall, continue STRAIGHT ON down Main Street to the bottom of the road. At the junction BEAR LEFT onto Hebden Road and past the Nation Park Centre.

0.50 km - Just past the car park TURN RIGHT into Sedber Lane and follow the footpath signed Linton Falls down to the river and over the bridge.

1.00 km – On the other side of the bridge, TURN RIGHT past the weir and up onto the tarmac lane. Continue STRAIGHT ON to the junction with the main road.

1.20 km – At the road junction, with the bridge to the right, continue STRAIGHT ON, up the hill. Cross over the cross roads towards Linton Village. Be careful on this section as the traffic can be busy.

1.70 km – Just before the bridge, TURN LEFT onto the smaller road keeping the river on the right.

1.90 km - At the end of the road by Grange Farm, TURN LEFT and follow the path signposted to Thorpe Lane around the farm.

2.00 km – By the signpost in the stone wall, cross over the steps and continue STRAIGHT ON across the fields following the footpath to Threapland. Keep the wall to your left and aim for the small stone barn ahead.

2.90 km – At the stone barn TURN LEFT up the gravel track and over a cattle grid.

3.10 km – At the road junction, TURN RIGHT onto the tarmac road and continue STRAIGHT ON up the hill.

3.80 km – At the farm, near the brow of the hill TURN LEFT over the wooden stile signposted to Thorpe. BEAR LEFT across the field to a yellow gate. Once through the gate, continue STRAIGHT ON over several fields.

4.50 km – At a metal gate, cross the small stream and continue STRAIGHT ON uphill to the wall. Cross the stone steps and BEAR RIGHT following the signposted path. The grassy path skirts round the small hill on the left and descends down to a wall.

5.30 km – At the wall, TURN RIGHT through the gate and continue STRAIGHT ON down the track into Thorpe. On reaching the tarmac road, BEAR LEFT into the village.

5.80 km – At the Y shaped road junction BEAR RIGHT past the Manor House and up the hill, taking care with traffic.

6.00 km – At the bend in the road BEAR RIGHT onto the footpath signed to Burnsall. Continue STRAIGHT ON down the hill and BEAR LEFT through the gate, following the wall down to a stream.

6.80 km – At the gate, cross over the stream and continue STRAIGHT ON this well defined grassy path, with the road on the left.

7.40 km – Arriving at a sunken lane continue STRAIGHT ON, over several fields and walls, towards Burnsall, in the same direction as the power lines.

8.30 km – Emerging onto the main road TURN RIGHT and follow the pavement around the bend and past the pub. Take care with traffic on this short section of road. BEAR LEFT down the side of the bridge and onto the Dales Way footpath. Do not cross the bridge. Continue STRAIGHT ON along this well defined path for approx 2 kms, with the River Wharfe on the right.

10.1 km – At the suspension bridge, cross the river and TURN LEFT.  Continue STRAIGHT ON following the Dales Way signposted to Grassington for approx 2 kms, with the river now on the left.

12.4 km - Just past a farm and at a bend in the road, leave the Dales Way and BEAR RIGHT up the road.

12.6 km – At the junction with the main road TURN LEFT. After 100 m BEAR RIGHT onto a footpath signposted to Grassington. Continue STRAIGHT ON through the houses and across the green space onto Scar Street. Continue STRAIGHT ON up this narrow lane towards Town Head.

13.4 km – Arriving back at the Town Hall you have reached the end of the walk.












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OS Grid
SE 00336 64198
54.073712, -1.996345
54°04'25.4"N 1°59'46.8"W
30U 565671 5992188
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


Sturdy boots or walking shoes are recommended as the terrain is muddy in places. Walking poles may be an advantage on the muddy sections of the route, and if attempting to cross the River Wharfe by the stepping stones instead of the suspension bridge.. The weather is changeable in the Dales so waterproofs should be carried. Maybe pack an extra pair of socks in case of wet feet on the muddier parts of the route.


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Elena Evdokimova
August 10, 2018 · Community
It's nice and pretty easy relaxing walk. Be aware that the pub stops serving food at 2.30 p.m.
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4:15 h
204 m
200 m
Highest point
280 m
Lowest point
136 m
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