Village of Burnsall, from east above, showing bridge, Wharfe, chapel, Dalesway path (2008)
Burnsall shown within North Yorkshire
|OS grid reference|
|– London||190 mi (310 km) SSE|
|Shire county||North Yorkshire|
|Region||Yorkshire and the Humber|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||Yorkshire and the Humber|
|UK Parliament||Skipton and Ripon|
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. 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.
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. 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.
The ecclesiastical parish of Burnsall is in the Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales. 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. The church-yard is entered from the main road by a lychgate.
Burnsall is a centre for walking, trout fishing, picnics, and weddings. An annual feast day games in August includes amateur competitions, tug of war and fell races. The village cricket pitch is below Burnsall Fell and is half enclosed by the river.
- Media related to Burnsall at Wikimedia Commons
- Historic England. "St Wilfrid's church, Grade I (323747 )". Images of England.
- Historic England. "The bridge, Grade II (323740 )". Images of England.
- Historic England. "The school, Grade II (323746 )". Images of England.
- The ancient parish of Burnsall: historical and genealogical information at GENUKI
- St Wilfrid's Church web site
- Walk from Burnsall to Grassington