Villages of Wharfedale

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

The real pleasure of this walk is that the section 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 four villages of 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 can easily be included on this walk but actually I prefer starting at the other end, at Burnsall (both starts are possible). All I would recommend is that the four villages are included.

I gave myself extra time on the walk so that I could explore each village; Hebdon is my favourite of the four 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:


Fountaine Inn, Linton


  1. 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?

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Jonathan says:

    Yes its great for children, just be careful on the riverside sectuion as the Wharfe can be fast flowing

  5. Hi,

    Is that walk suitable to go with Children?(4-6 years old)
    Does anyone know?



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