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Kilnsey from Conistone Pie, east.jpg
Kilnsey and Crag over Wharfedale, from Conistone Pie: Mastiles Lane, left
Kilnsey is located in North Yorkshire
 Kilnsey shown within North Yorkshire
OS grid reference SD973678
Civil parish Conistone with Kilnsey
District Craven
Shire county North Yorkshire
Region Yorkshire and the Humber
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 Skipton and Ripon
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Coordinates: 54°06′23″N 2°02′30″W / 54.106390°N 2.041780°W / 54.106390; -2.041780

Kilnsey is a small village in Wharfedale, North Yorkshire, England. It lies on the B6160 road, between the villages of Grassington and Kettlewell, near Arncliffe and just across the River Wharfe from Conistone.

The most notable feature of Kilnsey is a large limestone cliff called Kilnsey Crag, overlooking the road and the River Wharfe from the west. The Crag is around 170 feet high, with an overhang of 40 feet. West from Kilnsey towards Malham Tarn runs the historic Mastiles Lane, a Roman marching road, later an important drovers' way for Fountains Abbey flocks to summer pasture on higher ground, approximately five miles distant. This is now a Dales walking track. The Old Hall in Kilnsey was medieval administrative site for wool trade. Most of the present building, well restored, dates from 1658.

Kilnsey has one pub, the Tennant Arms, a trout farm, and a small collection of houses.

The village hosts a large, annual agricultural show.

On 5 July 2014, the Tour de France Stage 1 from Leeds to Harrogate passed through the village.[1] Regarded as one of the best places to watch the race, an event, VeloFest, was hosted directly alongside the route to allow thousands of spectators to camp and watch the race.


Old Nan[edit]

Old Nan was a witch living under Kilnsey Crag and well known locally.[2] She was known as far as Skipton, where she had a stand in the market.[2]

Views of Kilnsey[edit]


  1. ^ "Tour de France Stage 1". Retrieved 15 July 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Pontefract, E. & Hartley, M. Wharfedale (Reprint 1943) Dent & Sons

External links[edit]

The ancient parish of Burnsall: historical and genealogical information at GENUKI (Kilnsey was in this parish)