sits on the Bank of the River Wharfe with its riverside green sheltering beneath Barden
Moor in a most picturesque part of the Yorkshire Dales. On the hillsides around, there are
cultivation terraces or 'lynchets' which have been ploughed for over a century. The area
is very popular with walkers along the Dales Way which runs from Ilkley in West Yorkshire
through 81 miles to Bowness-on-Windermere in Cumbria.
The beauty of Burnsall lies in its riverside position and its
attractive bridge Built in 1612, it is still strong enough to stand frequent batterings by
the River Wharfe when in full flow. The present one is the gift of Sir William Craven, a
local boy who made good and became Lord Mayor of London. The primary school was once an
endowed grammar school and was built in 1610, adjoining that is St Wilfrids Church
with Anglo Danish crosses, tombs and a Norse font.
Red Lion is a perfect place to relax after a hard day fell walking or touring the Dales.
The Bar area is welcoming with a range of well kept ales. Food can be eaten in the Bar
area or the snug area in front of a roaring fire or for more formal occasions there is a
larger dining area.
The menu at the Red Lion is
excellent quality, most of the ingredients are locally produced including Beef and Lamb
farmed by Robert Stockdale at Hebden, Lamb farmed by Jeremy Daggett at Hartlington and
Pork from the Hirsts in Burnsall itself. It's not just locally farmed meat though, there's
fresh fish and duck also. Typical dishes include: Confit of Pheasant leg
served with a truffle risotto and a creamed tarragon sauce or Medallions
of Wharfedale Beef topped with Boudin Blanc pan fried served with dauphinoise potatoes and
a ragout of baby vegetables.
Lion is licensed to perfom civil marriages and the Terrace Room is also equipped for
Conferences. Along with organising team building events and shooting breaks, the Red Lion
is geared up to cover any possibility - the Honeymoon suite even has its own log fire.
There are eleven bedrooms,
comfortably furnished and individually designed with beamed ceilings and Victorian Brass
beds and with views to die for.
There's plenty to do around Burnsall, the 15th century St Wilfrids church on an
Anglo-Saxon site of a former wooden church with its 13th century carving of Adoration of
the Magi and the unique lych gate is worth a visit. The village has a reference in the
Domesday Book. It was founded by the Angles, who were migrant farmers from Northern
Situated between the popular tourist village of Grassington and the crumbled ruins of
Bolton Abbey Monastery on the A59, Burnsall is easily found on the B6160 from Ilkley. It
is 50 mins from Leeds/Bradford Airport but only 20 minutes drive from the nearest market
town of Skipton. The annual August sports day includes Britain's oldest fell race - from
the village green to the summit of Burnsall Fell, at least a thousand feet of climbing.
The River Wharfe gives its name to
the unspoilt dale it runs through and makes Wharfedale one of the prettiest in Yorkshire.
The stretch of river to either side of Burnsall village is well known for its fishing and
is always well stocked with Brown Trout and the elusive Grayling. Day tickets can be
purchased locally and the Red Lion has its own private stretch of the river.
A completely unspoilt village with very few local residents, Burnsall is a small but
typical Yorkshire village offering some first class amenities, a well stocked general
store, community-post office, small gift shop selling traditional Yorkshire crafts, a
modern Brassiere and of course - the Red Lion.
Activities in the
area can be as energetic as you like - pot holing and mountain biking to bird watching and
sketching. Heading north you will find yourself in the heart of the famous North Yorkshire Dales.
The Dales Way Long Distance Path also runs
through the village passing over the bridge at Burnsall, probably the most photographed in
The fishing on the River Wharfe at
Burnsall is excellent. The fishery is run by the Appletreewick, Barden and Burnsall
Angling Club (founded in 1873), the club is steeped in fly fishing history and whose
President is still His Grace the Duke of Devonshire. There is also an American connection,
Mary Craven was baptised in the church in 1635, she married Sir Edmond Andros who was
Governor of New England in 1685. It is said it was she who persuaded her husband to build
an Anglican Church in Boston, the first to be built on American soil.
The River Wharfe in this area is very much a free stone spate river running mainly off
limestone-dominated land, this makes it quite fertile with good populations of aquatic
invertebrates. The river has a good stock of brown trout (both wild and stocked) and some