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.

West Burton One 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

Branching 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.
Near 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.

After 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.


The village stocks, West Burton

The Stocks, West Burton