I wondered if perhaps it might be a good idea to focus on individual villages in the Yorkshire Dales and venturing further to Nidderdale even and look more closely as to what each has, a bit of history (if possible!) maybe even some statistics! Might take a little research but should be possible.
So………… Because I live in West Burton thought we should start here. A truly beautiful village with a large oval green surrounding by houses and cottages so diverse and individual but has changed little over many, many years. The village used to be an important market town and the octagonal market cross and stocks are still seen today on the village green. At the 2011 census there were one hundred and ninety two dwellings with a population of over three hundred.
Enjoy a stroll round the village calling in at The Cat Pottery, not just for cat lovers, the little Smithy Antiques, wonderful finds in there usually open only through the season and weekends, our Village Shop which will boast a café come Easter, the Fox and Hounds a traditional country pub serving great real ales. A peek in the chapel, or stay a little longer, it’s usually open, is unique in the dale and possibly the country with its beautiful curved seating. For those staying in the village you might like to visit W S Hartle our local butchers where David and Christine will be happy to serve you, do try their own recipe sausages! Look out for events taking place at our lovely village hall and chapel during the year, don’t forget the annual May Fair, every May Bank Holiday Monday, and Bonfire and Fireworks in November.
A must visit is the Cauldron Falls, such a pretty waterfall a short walk from the village green and an area where you can sit and ponder, don your ‘cossies’ and take a swim or just roll up your trousers for a paddle. So many walks start from here, as long or as short as you like, but a few minutes up hill will open out into the wonderful of vistas of Bishopdale, Wensleydale and Walden.
Written By Nadine Bell