West Burton recently won the “Best Kept Village in Richmondshire” award, establishing it as one of the most beautiful villages in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Having no through-road the village is tranquil and peaceful, providing a safe haven to children to play on the playground and village green – one of the largest village greens in England.
Just a minute’s walk from the village green are Cauldron Falls, a fantastic setting once painted by J M W Turner. Walden Beck flows spectacularly over the Yorkshire limestone to create an energetic yet peaceful setting.
During the summer months you can take a refreshing dip in the pool beneath the falls, though most visitors will prefer to start a walk around the surrounding hills from the path that starts here.
A country village wouldn’t be complete without its village pub, and West Burton is no exception. The Fox and Hounds sits in the centre of the village and serves a range of local ales as well as excellent pub food. Food is served until 8 and they’ll even provide takeaway pizzas until 10 if you’re feeling peckish in the evening.
The village shop and tea room serves daytime refreshments as well as groceries should you need anything.
The local butcher is also handy should you decide to make use of our gas-powered barbecue and patio area. Much of his produce is sourced from local farmers, and I can personally recommend the sausages.
Arts and Crafts
Fabric of the Field is a great local shop not far from the falls, specialising in hand-made quality arts and crafts from local craftsmen and artists. Its opening was televised recently on the popular TV programme ‘The Dales’, and is well worth a visit if you’re looking for gifts.
Also in the village is The Cat Pottery, which produces a wide range of feline ceramics for the home and garden.