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Villages of Wharfedale

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  • Four delightful Dales villages
  • Linton Falls & the River Wharfe
  • Combines river paths & quiet lanes

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The bonus of this walk is that the section of the Dales Way that follows the River Wharfe from Burnsall to Low Mill Cottage shy of Grassington is a real pleasure. The four villages of Burnsall, Hebden, Thorpe and Linton I knew as classic Dales villages of differing size and facilities but I was a little unsure how to combine them to give a walk of contrasts and continual interest. However once I had walked the river bank that had to be included and then it was a question of finding an alternative route back through Linton and Thorpe. Grassington can easily be included on this walk but actually I prefer starting at the other end, at Burnsall, but a start from Grassington is certainly possible – all I would suggest is that the four villages are included in any route. I gave myself extra time on the walk so that I could poke around each village; Hebdon is my favourite of the four (but lacks a pub) although Burnsall is a really special village tucked in to a bend on the river and rightly has created for itself an impressive reputation within the Dales and beyond.

Recommend: Watch out for the stepping stones near Linton Church – the middle one is missing (14 March 2013) so it is either a wetting or the diversion to the Falls along the northern bank.

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Start Point: SE 032613. I parked near the church and walked down to the river. There are always places to park in or just outside Burnsall even when it is busy.
Height to Climb: 122 ms (400 feet)
Terrain: Clear throughout except the muddy route out of Linton.
Eating & Drinking: A connoisseur's delight! The Old School tea house in Hebden is a must, the Fountain Arms in Linton is a nice pub at the halfway point and there is endless choices in Burnsall and if you visit Grassington.
Similar Walks Nearby: Bordley under Malham Moor
In Sight of Simon’s Seat
Grimwith Reservoir via Hebden Beck
Places to Stay: Clarendon Hotel, Hebden
Fountaine Inn, Linton