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Burnsall-river, bridge, chapel, church, fell.jpg
Village of Burnsall, from east above, showing bridge, Wharfe, chapel, Dalesway path (2008)
Burnsall is located in North Yorkshire
Burnsall shown within North Yorkshire
Population 110 (2011)[1]
OS grid reference SE031615
• London 190 mi (310 km) SSE
Civil parish
  • Burnsall
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town SKIPTON
Postcode district BD23
Police North Yorkshire
Fire North Yorkshire
Ambulance Yorkshire
EU Parliament Yorkshire and the Humber
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

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.

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 increasing 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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