Prettiest village in the Dales?

  • Enjoy the village of West Burton
  • Pleasant views throughout the walk
  • Visit Cauldron Falls

Many would agree that West Burton, with its large village green and picture post card buildings, is the most attractive village in the Yorkshire Dales. It is certainly unspoilt, in the main because there is no through road beyond West Burton. In effect, if you are not visiting the village, you will be unlikely ever to be there.

It is possible to walk down to Aysgarth Falls from here but I prefer a walk the other way, up the Walden Valley returning via the beck. This is unspoilt land, except by the Forestry Commission who have recently cut down the Burton Pasture leaving a fairly desolate landscape in places. However it is quiet with few exploring this dead end valley. The walk along Walden Beck is lovely and the views from the higher land to the upper reaches of the dale and back down towards Castle Bolton superb. I enjoyed the riverside section of the walk with the path raised about 50 feet from the river itself thereby giving views both down on to the water and across to the wild moorlands of Harland Hil and the Height of Hazely.

Recommend: Although not strictly on the walk, 100 yards or so from the village square are the impressive Cauldron Falls

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West Burton map


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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. Yorkshire Dales North & Central Buy Map
Start Point: SE 018867. Park anywhere near the village green and head up to Town Head.
Height to Climb: 209 ms (686 feet)
Terrain: The path is clear and fairly straightforward except through the old woodland where it is now intermittent. However it is difficult to go far wrong.
Eating & Drinking: The Fox & Hounds has a very homely Dales feel to it, as has the West Burton tea shop - both are on the village green.
Similar Walks Nearby: The Moors of Carlton
Lands of Castle Bolton
Exploring Aysgarth Falls
Places to Stay:


Bolton Arms, Redmire