Start Point: The Red Lion Inn
Region: Yorkshire Dales
Route length: 6.2 miles (9.9km)
Time taken: 02:32
Average speed: 2.5mph
Points of interest: Burnsall Bridge, Linton Falls
Route: Burnsall, Wilfred Scar, Loup Scar, Stepping Stones, Dales Way, Lythe House, Linton Falls, Linton, Waddle Lathe, Thorpe Lane, Thorpe, Badger Lane, Burnsall
This may only be a short stroll by our usual standards but this is one of our favourite walks, one that we've repeated a number of times. It's a short-ish circular walk that links the two villages of Burnsall and Linton (as you may have guessed from the title) and includes some pretty typical Yorkshire Dales scenery. There is also a pair of fantastic pubs, which probably explains why we're so fond of it.....
You can start the walk in either Burnsall or Linton; we favour Burnsall because there are more places to leave the car. Arrive early enough and you may even be rewarded with a spot next to the village green.
Burnsall is your atypical Yorkshire Dales village; small and picturesque, largely thanks to the stunning 16th Century bridge that spans the River Wharfe while Thorpe Fell provides a suitably impressive backdrop.
|Thorpe Fell & the River Wharfe|
After arriving at Burnsall and crossing the bridge, the Dales Way sandwiches itself between the Red Lion Inn and the River Wharfe, bound for the relative drama of Wilfred Scar. The scar is an interesting contrast to the tranquillity of the river Wharfe as it stroll through Burnsall. The limestone cliff face is the result of the erosive force of the river, undercutting the rock as it passes by. Beyond Wilfred Scar is the equally impressive and slightly narrower Loup Scar, a great place to spend a summers day frolicking in the river, or so I've heard.
|The Wharfe downstream of Wilfred Scar|
|Loup Scar and Wilfred Scar|
|The perilous stepping stones|
|Making the daring crossing|
|The path ambles alongside the River Wharfe|
|Heading towards Linton|
|The large weir above Linton Falls|
|The packhorse bridge in Linton|
Fully laden with food now we headed on, past the church and through the village where the lane takes on a distinctly more agricultural feel and begins a swift climb up an unexpectedly steep hill. In fact, the climb up the lane and across the subsequent fields adds a good 60m in height to this part of the walk, a fairly mean feat after spending a good hour in the pub.
|A perfect Yorkshire Dales scene; the view across to Grassington|
|Approaching Thorpe Lane and Elbolton Hill|
|Starting the descent back to Burnsall - between Skulberts and Kail Hill|
|The final stretch towards Burnsall|