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The Area/The Village

West Burton

West Burton, acclaimed by many as one of the most beautiful villages in England, rests snugly in a deep sheltered valley at the junction of Walden Dale, Bishopdale and Wensleydale. Nearby, high fell sides rise steeply to form a spectacular setting to this most picturesque of dales villages, and on climbing these can give unrivalled panoramas of the surrounding dales and distant views of the Vale of York and North York Moors. You can see why the famous vet and author James Herriot was so fond of West Burton.

Walden Beck skirts the village then descends over rocky outcrops in a spectacular waterfall called “Cauldron Falls” with deep pools and minor cascades through a tree lined gorge to form a natural arena of beauty and relaxation.

In its position away from the main traffic routes, the village still offers traditional rural tranquillity. At its centre is an expansive village green surrounding an ancient market cross and stocks, said to be one of the largest greens in the country.

West Burton is an ideally placed base for exploring the dales and fells whether on foot, bike or by car and also served by a bus route. Visitors are well-provided for locally as the village contains a traditional Dales pub, good-quality family butchers shop, well stocked general store and tearoom. The village can also offer the visitor a browse around an antique shop and the cat pottery.

Within this thriving village community several annual events are organised including a May Fair and a Bonfire Night, both held on the green
The immediate area is dotted with footpaths in all directions allowing for excellent walking from the doorstep.

For shorter walks from the village: