Thorpe & Burnsall from Linton

A North Yorkshire walk posted on 04/07/16 by Walking Britain. Update : 10/10/16

This is a wonderful Yorkshire Dales walk that includes pleasant countryside, villages and a super walk along the banks of the River Wharfe. Refreshments are available in Burnsall.

Technical sheet
Calculated time Calculated time: 3h10[?]
Distance Distance : 6.4mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 354ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 364ft
Highest point Highest point : 830ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 489ft
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : North Yorkshire
Starting point Starting point : N 54.06128° / W 2.00555°
Download :
The River Wharfe between Burnsall and Linton Thorpe and Burnsall from Linton Thorpe and Burnsall from Linton


(D)The start is the village of Linton (grid ref. SD996627) where on street parking is available. Do remember not to cause inconvenience for residents and park considerately. To start, walk upstream along the Linton Beck with the stream on your right. At grid ref. SD997625 turn left onto a signed footpath. The path bypasses some buildings before joining a track. Keep straight ahead ignoring paths coming in from the right and left and continue across fields to reach Thorpe Lane (grid ref. SE005620).

(1)Go left along this quite lane to a T-junction. Go right here and bear left in the centre of the village. Continue along this lane to the point where the lane goes left. Take the signed walled lane towards Burnsall to cross a track marked 'Badger Lane' on OS maps. At the end of the first field after this track, the path veers to the right (grid ref. SE027616). The path then crosses a number of narrow fields eventually reaching the main road in Burnsall (grid ref. SE032612).

(2)There are refreshments available in Burnsall and its worth having a look at the River Wharfe and the substantial Burnsall Bridge. The next section of the route follows the Dales Way alongside the River Wharfe. Initially the path is on the west bank (river on your right) but crosses to the east bank at a rather grand suspension bridge (grid ref. SE025623). Reaching the other side the walk continues across pleasant riverside grass - this is a delightful stretch of the River Wharfe - and takes you to the stepping stones close to Linton Church (grid ref. SE006631).

(3)You do have the option of crossing the river here but the stepping stones can be very slippery. If you do cross here you can continue to Linton Church where you will join the walk once more. Assuming you have decided for a safer (and possibly drier!) option continue along the east bank of the River to reach Sedber Lane (grid ref. SE001633). Close by are the Linton Falls which are weirs across the Wharfe.

(4)Turn left onto Sedber Lane and walk down to the road. Turn left and continue towards Linton Church, which is worth a visit. The village of Linton was not really that convenient for churchgoers as you are about to discover! Having visited the church, retrace your steps up the lane and take the footpath on the left (grid ref. SE002631). Almost immediately the path divides. Bear right and follow the path to the main road. Turn right and then fork left and you will soon be back in the centre of Linton village.(A)

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. mi 0 - Linton village
1 : mi 0.71 - alt. mi 0.71 - Thorpe Lane
2 : mi 2.67 - alt. mi 2.67 - Burnsall
3 : mi 4.91 - alt. mi 4.91 - Stepping Stones
4 : mi 5.42 - alt. mi 5.42 - Sedber Lane
D/A : mi 6.4 - alt. mi 6.4 - Linton village

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Opinions and comments


Global average : 4.89/5
Number of opinions : 3
Description quality : 5/5
Routemap quality : 4.67/5
Walk interest : 5/5

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on Fri 07 Sep 2018 14:55:15 CEST

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on Tue 28 Aug 2018 09:58:50 CEST

Global average : 5 / 5

Date of walk : 28/08/18
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

This really is a beautiful walk through the countryside. We stopped in burnsall for a pint next to the bridge before carrying on along the river. Easy to follow directions on here together with signs along the route make this a gem.

on Mon 28 May 2018 10:37:06 CEST

Global average : 5 / 5

Date of walk : 27/05/18
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

This is a walk full of charm and interest. It would make an ideal day out for a family, or for a group including less experienced walkers, as there's little climbing, few stiles, and the chance to have a coffee or lunch stop at Burnsall.

on Mon 12 Feb 2018 17:57:30 CET

Global average : 4.67 / 5

Date of walk : 10/02/18
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Very good

Lovely, varied walk through fields, picturesque villages and along the riverside. There’s a bit of road walking, but these are very quiet and we didn’t see any cars. Great pub lunch in Burnsall.

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