Kilnsey

North Yorkshire

Kilnsey is a village in the Craven district of North Yorkshire.

The Yorkshire Dales village is around 3 miles north-north-west of Grassington, 3 miles south of Kettlewell and about 11 miles by road north of Skipton.

The most noticable feature of the village is the huge limestone cliff of Kilnsey Crag, towering above the road through the village near to the Tennant Arms Hotel.

The overhanging cliff face is a major attraction for adventurous rock climbers.

Kilnsey is just above the western bank of the River Wharfe and less than half-a-mile away, just across the river bridge, is the neighbouring village of Conistone, where there is the parish church of St Mary. Conistone with Kilnsey Village Hall is situated alongside the B6160 road in Kilnsey close to the junction with the road which leads to the bridge.

The area has a long history as a farming community and there is still evidence of medieval farming in the area in the form of preserved field terraces known as lynchets. Prior to the dissolution of the monasteries by King Henry VIII, the land in the Kilnsey area was farmed by monks from Fountains Abbey, near Ripon. Quarrying became a feature of the area in the latter part of the 20th century when the Cool Scar Quarry in Kilnsey was heavy worked.

The Kilnsey Park Estate has a cafe, local produce shop and an activity centre centred around its trout farm with fly fishing and family fun fishing lakes and nature areas. See below for more details.

Since 1897, the Kilnsey Show, one of the foremost agricultural shows in the Yorkshire Dales, has become a regular August event, featuring not only the usual farming, livestock and handicraft classes of such shows, but also a sports event featuring fell races with a challenging circuit up and down Kilnsey Crag.

Find out more about Kilnsey at the  Conistone with Kilnsey Community Website.

Information about the Kilnsey Show is at the  Kilnsey Show website.

 Village features


The village is at a bridge over the River Wharfe.
Kilnsey is in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
Kilnsey has a pub - the Tennant Arms Hotel.
Kilnsey has a shop selling local and farm produce.
The village has a cafe.
Restaurant dining can be found in Kilnsey.
Places to stay in Kilnsey include hotel accommodation.
Kilnsey has a village hall.

Travel

Bus travel

The village has an infrequent bus service.

Road travel

Kilnsey can be reached via the B6104 .

Places to visit

April 12, 2021 should see the opening of many of Yorkshire's outdoor attractions as they are released from Covid-19 restrictions. Indoor attractions will reopen at a later date. Many attractions may now require a timed ticket to be obtained before arrival. Clicking on the links to the attraction operator's own website will provide more specific and updated information about opening dates and times.

If you need the latest official UK government information on Coronavirus (Covid-19), including links to NHS advice and to what you currently can and cannot do in England, it can be found at this  GOV.UK - Coronavirus webpage.


Yorkshire Dales National Park

Much of the Craven district is within the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The National Park offers mountain peaks, beautiful river valleys, attractive villages with country inns, ruined abbeys and some of the finest limestone scenery in the UK with limestone pavements, dry valleys, potholes and underground caves. The area offers excellent hiking and walking territory with paths and trails for people of all abilities. It is a centre for potholing and caving, has mountain bike routes and offers plenty of opportunity to study its rich wildlife. For more information see our page dedicated to the Yorkshire Dales.

Malham Cove

Malham

Malham is a small village in a hill farming community in the Yorkshire Dales National Park which has for many years attracted tourists, walkers and geographers as the location of some of the country's most magnificent limestone scenery. Find out more about Malham.

Bolton Priory and River Wharfe at Bolton Abbey

Bolton Priory

Bolton Abbey, North Yorkshire
The beautiful setting at Bolton Abbey in the Yorkshire Dales National Park is one of the most visited monastic sites in Yorkshire. Beside the River Wharfe are the ruins of Bolton Priory, where the nave of the priory church still survives as a parish church. The Augustinian priory was founded in 1154 and continued until the dissolution in 1539. The abbey has been carefully managed by the Devonshire family since 1755 and now has car parking, gift shops, tea rooms, restaurants and facilities for weddings and corporate events. There is an extensive network of footpaths around the estate and one ancient right of way is the 60 stepping stones across the River Wharfe. Other paths lead into the ancient Strid Wood beside the river. Bolton Abbey is 5 miles east-north-east of Skipton (7 miles by road) and 5 miles north-west of Ilkley.

More information at  Bolton Abbey visitor website and at the  Priory Church website.
Find on map:  Bolton Abbey


Skipton Castle

Skipton Castle

The Bailey, Skipton, North Yorkshire
Skipton Castle is one of England's best restored medieval castles, standing between the town of Skipton and the top of a rocky cliff over the Eller Beck. The castle was first built as a Norman fort at the end of the 11th century, but was replaced in stone and in the early 14th century turned into a formidable stronghold after being granted to the Clifford family by King Edward II. Inside, the castle reveals how it was modified over the centuries, including a charming early Tudor courtyard with a yew tree growing at its centre. The castle was the scene of a Royalist last stand in the north during the English Civil War when it withstood a three-year siege until 1645. After the castle yielded, it was ruined by the Parliamentarians in the winter of 1648-9, but between 1657 and 1658 Lady Anne Clifford saw it carefully restored. The castle is open daily.

Find out more at  Skipton Castle website.
Find on map:  Skipton Castle

Embsay station

Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway

Bolton Abbey station Embsay, near Skipton, to Bolton Abbey station
Operates from Embsay, about 1.5 miles from Skipton, to Bolton Abbey station about a mile away from the attractive priory ruins and beauty spot beside the River Wharfe at Bolton Abbey. The railway runs trains on most days during the summer and at weekends at other times of year, except January. It also has a range of special weekend events, dining trains and footplate and signal box experience courses. Tank engines are the mainstay of steam operations on the line, but the railway also has a collection of historic diesel locomotives.

More information at the  Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway website.
Find on map:  Embsay Station

Ingleborough Cave

Ingleborough Cave

Near Clapham
This show cave about a 1-mile walk from the centre of Clapham village is one of the natural wonders of the Yorkshire Dales which has been attracting visitors over a period of 180 years. Underground tours along concrete paths in floodlit passages reveal a world of stalactites and stalagmites. The cave is open daily from mid-February to the end of October. Not to be missed if visiting the cave is Trow Gill, a short walk further up the valley from the cave entrance. The spectacular ravine was carved by the melt waters of the ice age.

More information at the  Ingleborough Cave website.
Find on map:  Ingleborough Cave

Kilnsey Park

Kilnsey Park

Kilnsey Park Estate, off B6160 at Kilnsey
The scenic Kilnsey Park Estate has a cafe, local produce shop and an activity centre centred around its trout farm, offering fly fishing and family fun fishing lakes. It also offers an insight into nature through its trout raceways, reserve of wildflowers, red squirrel enclosure, butterfly gardens and bee observation hive and has farm animals and children's play areas.

More information at the  Kilnsey Park Estate website.
Find on map:  Kilnsey Park

Stump Cross Caverns

Stump Cross Caverns

On B6265 Hebden Road, near Greenhow Hill
Situated around 5 miles west-south-west of Pateley Bridge, Stump Cross Caverns are show caves with some impressive stalactites and stalagmites among the limestone features reached by steps leading beneath the ground. A cafe with fine views across the nearby hills is also situated at the show cave entrance.

Find on map:  Stump Cross Caverns

Emergency services

North Yorkshire Police  North Yorkshire Police website.

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service  North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service website.

Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust  Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust website.

Local government


District authority

Craven District Council

Craven District Council is one of the seven large district authorities within the county of North Yorkshire.

It covers more than 450 square miles of the western area of North Yorkshire with its administrative centre in Skipton.

It has boundaries with the Richmondshire and Harrogate districts of North Yorkshire, the Bradford district of West Yorkshire and with Lancashire and Cumbria, including parts of both counties which were formerly in the West Riding of Yorkshire. Much of the district is within the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

The council is made up of 30 councillors. They are elected for 4-year terms with one-third of the council elected each year in three out of four years. An election of one-third of the council due to be held in 2020 has been postponed to 2021.


Link to  Craven District Council website.

The political composition after the May 2019 election was:

151 Con Ind832 1
30 members

County authority

North Yorkshire County Council
Includes Craven and six other non-unitary districts of North Yorkshire.
 North Yorkshire County Council website.

Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner

Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner North Yorkshire
Covers the county of North Yorkshire and  City of York.
 Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner North Yorkshire website.

National government region

Yorkshire and the Humber

Ceremonial county

North Yorkshire

Historic

-1974 In the West Riding of Yorkshire.


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