Burnsall is a village and civil parish in the Craven district of North Yorkshire, England. It is situated on the River Wharfe in Wharfedale, and is in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

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Village of Burnsall, from east above, showing bridge, Wharfe, chapel, Dalesway path (2008)
Burnsall is located in North Yorkshire
Location within North Yorkshire
Population110 (2011)[1]
OS grid referenceSE031615
• London190 mi (310 km) SSE
Civil parish
  • Burnsall
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townSKIPTON
Postcode districtBD23
PoliceNorth Yorkshire
FireNorth Yorkshire
UK Parliament
List of places
54°02′59″N 1°57′11″W / 54.049590°N 1.953070°W / 54.049590; -1.953070Coordinates: 54°02′59″N 1°57′11″W / 54.049590°N 1.953070°W / 54.049590; -1.953070
The Old Grammar School, founded by William Craven

The village is approximately 2 miles (3 km) south-east from Grassington. It has a parish church, a chapel, two hotels with restaurants, a public house, and a primary school. The school, Grade II listed, is in the original 1602 grammar school building, a legacy of William Craven of nearby Appletreewick.[2] There is a five-arched bridge over which the Dalesway passes. A path along the river from Burnsall to Hebden, 1 mile (2 km) to the north-west, dates to Viking times.[3]

The historic parish of Burnsall occupied a large part of upper Wharfedale. It included the townships of Appletreewick, Bordley, Conistone with Kilnsey, Cracoe, Hartlington, Hetton, Rylstone and Thorpe, all of which became separate civil parishes in 1866.[4] The parish was in Staincliffe Wapentake and in the West Riding of Yorkshire until 1974, when it was transferred to North Yorkshire. The 2001 Census gave Burnsall parish a population of 112, decreasing to 110 at the 2011 census.[5]

The ecclesiastical parish of Burnsall is in the Diocese of Leeds.[6] The parish church of St Wilfrid's, a Grade I listed building, is almost entirely Perpendicular. It contains an 11th-century font carved with bird and beasts, twelve Anglo-Saxon sculpture fragments and a 14th-century alabaster panel depicting the Adoration of the Magi.[7] The church-yard is entered from the main road by a lychgate.

Burnsall is a centre for walking,[8] trout fishing, picnics, and weddings. An annual feast day games in August includes amateur competitions, tug of war and fell races.[9] The village cricket pitch is below Burnsall Fell and is half enclosed by the river.


  1. ^ "2015 Population Estimates" (PDF). northyorks.gov.uk. December 2016. p. 10. Retrieved 12 February 2018.
  2. ^ "Burnsall Grammar School", Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority. Retrieved 5 April 2015
  3. ^ Marsh, Terry (2005). The Dales Way (2 ed.). Milnthorpe, Cumbria: Cicerone. p. 36. ISBN 978-1-85284-464-6.
  4. ^ "Burnsall CP/AP", A Vision of Britain through time
  5. ^ UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – Burnsall Parish (1170216731)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 24 March 2018.
  6. ^ "Burnsall: St Wilfrid, Burnsall", The Church of England. Retrieved 5 April 2015
  7. ^ Historic England. "Church of St Wilfrid  (Grade I) (1131740)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 12 February 2018.
  8. ^ "Burnsall to Grassington Walk". Walks in Yorkshire. Retrieved 5 January 2017.
  9. ^ Barnett, Ben (28 October 2017). "Why Wharefdale hotspot is an exertion location". The Yorkshire Post. Retrieved 12 February 2018.

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