Linton Falls to The Red Lion at Burnsall



from Harrogate or Skipton take the A59 turning onto the B6160 at Bolton Abbey.

Take the A65 to Ilkley, turning towards Bolton Abbey just after the town.
Continue on the B6160 passing through Burnsall.
Turn right towards Linton Falls.
Turn right again onto Church Road following the road sign for Linton Parish Church.

take the A65 towards Skipton, then the A59 to Bolton Abbey.

Originally the 16th century Ferryman's Inn, the RED LION at Burnsall offers superb food, fine wines and real ale.
The main bar incorporates the original 16th Century structure of the Ferrymans Inn, which is traditionally panelled and floored in Oak.

The menu features game in season from the nearby estates, beef and lamb from local farms.
Fresh fish is delivered daily, cheeses are local, and produce is brought in from Cumbria - the quality of food is superb.
Roaring log fires, beamed ceilings, creaky floors and a friendly welcome await you here.

The pub has a no smoking room at the front and an outside terrace at the back over looking the river.

The Red Lion offers a wide range of dishes to suite every pocket. The quality is excellent.

The Red Lion pub beverages
Beer includes Timothy Taylors, John Smiths Smooth, Theakston, Magnet, Old Speckled Hen.

Main Course Menu

Smoked Haddock, chick peas, and bok choi topped with free range poached egg
Rib Eye Steak & Homemade chips
Baked goat cheese topped with a herb crust roasted beetroot and garlic
Twice baked cheese soufflé sweet and sour aubergine and courgette

Spiced duck breast branched prunes, apricots sautéed savoy cabbage

Light Lunch Menu
Seared fillet of beef served on a bed of Parmesan rocket and roasted red onion
A classic salad Nicoise

Sandwiches – beef , ham or cheese sandwiches

Children’s Lunch Menu
Linguini Pasta with tomato sauce

Homemade Fish and chips

Home-made Chicken gougons with chips/potatoes

Home-made Beef burgers and chips


The Linton Falls Car Park is a Pay and Display one costing £2 per day. It is reached by following signs for Linton Parish Church. It has toilet facilities. It is possible to park on the road in various places in Linton village, but its limited.

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The Walk

This classic dales walk is an easy going 6 miles taking just under 3 hours in total. It takes approximately 1½ hour prior to lunch. The pub starts taking food orders at 12:00 noon.



Pre-lunch walk

Turn right, leaving the car park heading in the direction of the church. After 100 metres, turn right again at Holme House, which is the first building after the car park. It appears to be the latter’s driveway to begin with. Almost immediately, turn right yet again through a small wooden gate between a fence and a wall at a footpath sign for Linton and B6160. Climb a stone stile onto the B6160 road, turn right for 100 metres, and then left to walk into Linton by road. Once in Linton turn left before the road bridge passing Stoneycroft cottage and the Youth Hostel on the left. Continue up the road passing Dove Cottage. The Fountaine Inn is on the opposite side of Linton Village Green.

Follow the footpath sign for Thorpe Lane, bearing left at a barn, and as the path leaves the farm the tarmac is replaced by a rough track. The track climbs and after two stiles comes to an end at a gate with an adjacent ladder stile. Cross the open field in front heading to the left of a line of trees at the top of it. At the top of the hill follow the direction of the footpath sign to the stile in the wall to Thorpe Lane. Turn left along the Lane. Our family was fortunate to witness a lamb being born on one of the fields alongside the lane the first time we tried this walk!

The track reaches a T-junction. Turn right to walk into the tiny hamlet of Thorpe. At the triangular village green, turn left. Thorpe must be the only place in the world with two barns on either side of a village green! The road climbs steadily out of Thorpe. At a left-hand bend in the road, turn right through a gate at a signpost for Burnsall 1½ miles. Follow the green lane past a makeshift tip down to a small gate in a wall on the right. Go through it and another beyond. Keep to the right of a small copse and follow the stone wall round to the left to a gate stile in a dry stone wall. Cross the beck and follow the path through two field stiles. Maintain this direction past a farm on the left.

At the corner of the field, go through two gate stiles on either side of a lane that crosses the footpath to Burnsall. Pass through a small gate combined with a stone stile. Turn right across the field to another stile in the wall. Then pass through a series of five wall stiles into Burnsall across small 100 metre wide fields. Cross a wooden stile across a wire fence and a lane, and then two more stone stiles and finally a gate at the side of an electricity building before reaching Burnsall. Pass through a small alleyway to the road. Turn right , and The Red Lion can be found next to the famous bridge. Be prepared to remove your walking boots before entering the pub!

Return Journey

Turn left outside the pub, and left again before the bridge taking the riverside path. The bridge at Burnsall is probably the most photographed in the Dales. It was Sir William Craven, who rebuilt the bridge over the Wharfe in the 16th Century. Pass through two unusual iron kissing gates and continue until Hebden Suspension footbridge built in 1885. Cross it to the opposite bank, and turn left. Continue along the riverbank, watching out for the sand martins in the vicinity of the bridge and the calls of curlews and lapwings. The path leaves the riverbank and goes across a footbridge to a gate. Linton Church is ahead on the other side of the river. It is possible to cross the river via the stepping stones here, when the water level permits, to return to Linton Falls Car Park. Otherwise, follow the track off to the right. At Brow Well Fish Farm keep your eyes open for Goldcrests and Dippers near the stream opposite. After the fish farm, turn left over a stone stile with a gate to continue alongside the river across two more stone stiles to Linton Falls. Turn left over Linton bridge, and left again into the road to return to the car park.

Local Places of Interest

Nearby attractions include Linton Falls, where the River Wharfe descends over a number of drops, and the sinister limestone gorge of Troller's Ghyll, the latter of which, is supposed to be haunted by Scandinavian trolls and a huge spectral hound. Downstream to the south are the ruined historic monuments of Barden Tower and Bolton Abbey, along with the treacherous stretch of river known as The Strid. Bolton Abbey is a quaint dales village adjacent to Bolton Priory, a ruined Cistercian monastery on the banks of the River Wharfe.

Linton-in-Craven with sloping green, bridges, beck and trees is often described as the prettiest village in Yorkshire and is pleasantly situated in mid Wharfedale. The beck is spanned in a short space by several bridges consisting of a clapper bridge, a packhorse bridge, a road bridge, as well as ford and stepping stones. Dominating one end of the Green the imposing Georgian facade of Fountaine Hospital was designed by Sir John Vanbrugh who was responsible for Castle Howard. The hospital was founded and gifted to the village as an almshouse "for six poor men or women" by Richard Fountaine in 1721. The benefactor was a native of the village who amassed a fortune as a timber merchant in the City of London. Across from the hospital on the green stands a sun dial awarded to the village by the News Chronicle in 1949 having been named as the "Prettiest Village in the North". Home