Where is this walk?

Villages of Wharfedale walk

October 9, 2020

The villages of Wharfedale walk visits Hebden, Burnsall, Linton and Thorpe before returning to Grassington. The walk combines riverside walking with quiet lanes and footpaths with great views across the dale.

The Walk

The real pleasure of the villages of Wharfedale walk is that the part of the Dales Way that follows the River Wharfe from Burnsall to Low Mill Cottage, just short of Grassington, is one of the most pleasant sections of riverside walking in the Dales. Unsure how to combine the varied but attractive five villages of Grassington, Burnsall, Hebden, Thorpe and Linton with the riverside walking turned in to less of a challenge than expected. On completing the riverside walking it was a simple question of finding an alternative route back through Linton and Thorpe. Grassington is the obvious place to start the walk. Head down to Linton Falls and then complete the limited climbing early in the walk.

I gave myself extra time on the walk so that I could explore each village. Each one has its own character. Linton has an excellent pub set next to a village green whilst Thorpe is rarely visited and the better for it. Burnsall has a reputation beyond the locality whilst Hebden has tons of character. The area north from the village green, up Hebden Beck is lovely. Finally the large town of Grassington has recently found even more fame with much of recent James Herriot series filmed in and around the square.


Watch out for the stepping stones near Linton Church. The middle one is missing so it is either a wetting or the diversion to the Falls along the northern bank. The latter should be preferred.

Navigation Tips for the Villages of Wharfedale

The walk from Linton to Burnsall crosses many fields and therefore many stiles.

  • Iain says:

    Walked here today. Super spot and not a walk I’ve done before. We started at Hebden. Fantastic weather and despite the fact that Burnsall was heaving, the riverside terrace at the Red Lion (?) had loads of free tables.

    The stepping stones at Linton must have been filled in, no gap there now.

  • charlotte says:

    how long does the walk take, with little legs (5 year old) please?
    we were thinking of walking burnsall to grassington but just turning around when we thought we’d had enough, but wondering if we’d make this circular route?

  • William Marshall says:

    Re: suitable for 4-6 years olds. Yes, it is . We did it with a six and eight year old and it was fine. Fountaine Inn at Linton is good place to stop for lunch and recharge for the kids.

  • liz says:

    We completed this walk last week in beautiful sunshine. It was one of the most scenic walks I have completed. The Red Lion at Bursallis a must as are the tearooms at Hebden. Its an easy walk with lovely views.

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