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

There are two parts to this walk, both are hugely enjoyable and combined make for an excellent walk. Firstly the walk visits four small but lovely villages. Secondly the walk returns via the Dales Way alongside the river banks of the walk, some of the best riverside walking in the Dales. Linking the towns and villages of Grassington, Burnsall, Hebden, Thorpe and Linton with the riverside walking turned out to be less of a challenge than expected. Grassington is the obvious place to start the walk. Head down to Linton Falls from the car park and then climb towards Linton and the open fields first. The result is the climbing is out of the way early.

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 Dales 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.


Remember to 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 walk

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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