A Guide to Visiting the Village of Burnsall, North Yorkshire

Burnsall is a small Yorkshire Dales village with just 110 residents. Surrounded by a circle of fells, the village of Burnsall is popular with hikers, cyclists and families. Being such a small village, a trip to Burnsall can require some planning, especially during summer.

Parking in Burnsall

There are three places to park in Burnsall:

  1. Along the roadside on the B6160
  2. The Riverbank Café
  3. The Wharfe House field

The most popular place to park in Burnsall is along the road on the B6160. Parking here is free. However, there’s only enough space for around ten cars. Excluding the double yellow lines. 

I have visited Burnsall several times over the past decade, and I’ve never managed to get a parking spot here. Instead, I often end up parking in the car park at the Riverbank Café when visiting Burnsall.

The Riverbank Café is just off the B6160 and has 50 parking spaces available. Parking here currently costs:

  • £1 for 1 hour
  • £3 for 3 hours
  • £6 for 8 hours

You can buy parking using coins or a mobile application. However, mobile phone service in Burnsall is limited, so bringing cash is often a good idea.

During the summer, the 50 parking spaces at the Riverbank Café can fill up quickly. Subsequently, The Wharfe House across the river opens the field to cars.

Parking in The Wharfe House field car park costs £10 per car for the entire day. The field is open from 9 am until 7 pm, and payment is via card only.

Eating in Burnsall

There are several places you can eat in Burnsall, they include:

  • The Riverbank Café
  • Wharfe View Tearoom
  • The Red Lion

Both The Riverbank Café and the Wharfe View Tearoom have limited seating. However, this is a great place to purchase a sandwich to eat by the river on a warm day.

If you’re looking for more of a sit-down pub meal, The Red Lion is best. However, in the summer months, this place is packed by lunchtime. Meanwhile, The Shop on the Green next to the tearooms is perfect for buying drinks, snacks and toys.

If you’re looking for more variety in food and drink during your visit to the Yorkshire Dales, then the 3-mile walk to Grassington may be worthwhile.

Burnsall Attractions

Burnsall’s main attraction is the River Wharfe, perfect for paddling and picnics in the summer. The village is also a great starting point for walkers or cyclists looking to explore the Yorkshire Dales.


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  1. Travelling Tam says:

    Im from Yorkshire but living in Melbourne and I’m ashamed to say I haven’t been here or really heard of it! I’ll have to visit when I’m back 🙂

    1. It is quite small area but so beautiful, the best time to go is in spring/summer when you can go for a dip in the river and enjoy and ice cream. There are so stunning walks around the area too 🙂 Make a weekend out of going and visit Grassington too.