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Dales Way Pubs: The Red Lion, Burnsall, North Yorkshire

The penultimate day of our Dales Way (in reverse) walk was pleasant and sunny but seemed unusually long as we were really starting to feel the distance covered.  We walked from Cray to Bucken down a rocky path (and past the sadly closed-down Buck Inn), then along the river from Buckden to Kettlewell, before climbing onto the moor for a long section to Grassington.  We stopped in Grassington for a soft drink and a Yorkshire Dales ice cream before heading along a gentle and pretty final section along the river to Burnsall.

For our final night The Red Lion was a touch of luxury.  We’d booked a bigger room on a mid-week deal and got a lovely one with a very large bed and a really posh bathroom.  Although it was a Wednesday the restaurant was fully booked by the time we checked in around 5.30pm, but we got a seat in the bar where the same menu was available.  I had fish and chips done well whilst Kate had cod with peas, broad beans and salsa verde (she’s posher than me).

For dessert, Kate had a chocolate, pear and frangipan tart and I had a selection of Yorkshire cheeses.  I appreciated the way the cheeses came not only with some nice chutney and crackers, but also some fruitcake.  I’d not come across the cheese and fruitcake combination before I came to live in Yorkshire, but it’s brilliant.

The beer was also good.  Again the selection was more limited than what you would find in Leeds, but I was very happy with an Ilkley Mary Jane, which I’d been looking forward to having as we got nearer to Ilkley.  It’s a really good light, hoppy, pale session beer and perfect with fish and chips after a very long walk on a hot spring day.

The breakfast was nice as well, offering a good selection including smoked haddock and poached eggs.  I opted for a full English with poached eggs, which is presumably twice as healthy as having the same breakfast with fried eggs.

This section of the walk offers a number of options for accomodation in Kettlewell, Grassington and Appletreewick as well as Burnsall, but The Red Lion was just what we needed on our final night.

  1. May 9, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    been ages since i’ve been to the red lion, had some fantastic times there and walking in the local area…including the various pubs at grassington and appletreewick and the one in between grassington and the red lion….tiny little village on the river with a pub and old hospital…excellent pint of hetton pale ale in there.

    • May 10, 2011 at 2:08 pm

      Yeah, I’ll definitely have to spend more time in the area around Grassington, it’s not like it’s too far away for a drive on a weekend. It’s a shame I didn’t get to stop and see more on the Dales Way due to time constraints, but at the same time I’ve seen an awful lot more of Yorkshire than I had before.

  2. May 11, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    Grassington’s lovely for walking and a few cheeky beers; in fact, we are spending our first wedding anniversary there later in the year – just for a cheeky weekend. Cheese and Fruit cake rules! and if you can get Dark Horses’ Hetton Pale, do – awesome beer.

    • May 11, 2011 at 11:11 pm

      Ooh, I hadn’t even heard of Dark Horse. Will do!

  3. May 11, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    i think we should organise some sort of pub and walking twissup, grassington would be a great place to start…

    • May 11, 2011 at 11:08 pm

      Sounds like a great idea! A “Twubwalk”! Er, maybe not. We’ll think of a better name, I’m sure.

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