One of the
lesser known of the Yorkshire Dales is Bishopdale. Running in a
south-westerly direction from Aysgarth, this broad valley rises gently
at first through West Burton, Thoralby and Newbiggin before the road
becomes steeper on it's final ascent to the summit from where it then
plunges down into Upper Wharfedale, described in the Eastern Dales
section of this website.
of the more interesting villages in the Yorkshire Dales is West Burton.
Set out around a large split green, this interesting village includes
several shops, the Fox & Hounds pub and post office. The
Old Smithy is now a shop selling antiques on the green.
Cauldron Falls is a small but attractive waterfall where the stream
flows out of the village.
The centerpiece is a large village cross and set of stocks, used to
punish petty offenders in pre-political correctness days.
West Burton's large village green
off Bishopdale near West Burton is the remote, Walden Beck Valley,
sometimes known as Waldendale home to the village of Walden and it's
associated hamlet, Walden Head.
West Burton is Thoralby, a small village with it's pub, The George.
The road from West Burton rises through Newbiggin where there
is a camping and caravan site, a bunk house and the Street Head Inn.
Newbiggin Bishopdale continues for quite a while passing ascending
through pleasant, arable countryside before the road eventually reaches
it's summit on heather moorland after which it descends into Upper
Wharfedale via the village of Cray.
Stocks, West Burton