Loup Scar

We show you where to park, walk, swim & cliff jump at Loup Scar Gorge on the River Wharfe, between Burnsall village and the suspension footbridge at Hebden.

Burnsall Parking and Loup Scar Parking

  • Free road parking – The Village Green, Burnsall BD23 6BS – B6160 opposite the Wharfe View Tearoom overlooking Burnsall village green in between the Riverbank Café and the Red Lion pub by the bridge.
Free road parking - The Village Green, Burnsall  BD23 6B
  • Free road parking – B6160 Burnsall Bridge BD23 6BY on the roadside close to Wharfe House Farm Car Park entrance.
Free road parking -  B6160 Burnsall Bridge BD23 6BY
Free road parking – B6160 Burnsall Bridge BD23 6BY
  • Wharfe House Car Park, Burnsall Bridge BD23 6BY – Parking cost is £8 per car for the day – cash and contactless payments. Toilets: Ladies, Gents, Disabled and Baby-Change facilities are on-site. Entry Permitted 9am – 6pm. Gates close 7pm (request to vacate the premises at 6.45pm)​. From Wharfe House Car Park it is 3 minute walk to/ from Burnsall village centre and the Red Lion Pub.
  • Riverbank Café Car Park, Burnsall, Village Green, Burnsall, BD23 6BS – Parking with approximately 50 spaces. Cost: £1 for 1 hour, £3 for 3 hours, or £6 for 8 hours – coins or a mobile app.
Yorkshire Dales Riverbank Café Car Park, Burnsall, Village Green, Burnsall, BD23 6BS
Riverbank Café Car Park, Burnsall, Village Green, Burnsall, BD23 6BS
  • Red Lion Pub, Restaurant and Hotel, Burnsall, Skipton BD23 6BU – Free Parking is available for guests. Booking Tel:01756634542
Outdoor seating by the River Wharfe Red Lion Pub, Restaurant and Hotel, Burnsall, Skipton BD23 6BU
Outdoor seating of the Red Lion Pub by the River Wharfe
Red Lion Pub, Restaurant and Hotel, Burnsall, Skipton BD23 6BU
Front Entrance of the Red Lion Pub by the Bridge at Burnsall
Red Lion Burnsall – Welcome Sign. There’s something for everyone

Burnsall CampsiteMasons Campsite, Ainhams House, Appletreewick, BD23 6DD – this is not a car park but, If you’re in a motorhome or camping, consider staying at Masons Campsite. It has direct access to the Dalesway footpath at the side of the River Wharfe with the gentle walk to Burnsall village -Loup Scar – Hebden suspension bridge, Grassington and beyond. The walk to Burnsall village will take approximately 25 minutes. Also, there is a bus stop at Masons Campsite, the Hebden-Ilkley Bus: 74A to Burnsall.

Masons Main Field standard pitch includes electric hook up, 2 people, 1 car, 1 unit under 5.9m in all dimensions.

Masons Main Field standard pitch includes electric hook up, 2 people, 1 car, 1 unit over 6m in any dimension.

If you’re meeting guests at Masons Campsite, visiting vehicles are charged at £10.

Children can often be seen riding down the Wharfe’s rapids from Mason’s Campsite. Also, just a 4-minute walk from Masons Campsite is the Craven Arms with its Cruck Barn, garden and Shepherds Hut accommodation.

  • During the peak periods – you may also find other landowners offering their fields for parking – look out for their roadside signs for more information.

Burnsall village to Loup Scar Walk

Loup Scar is a wonderful stretch of the River Wharfe, with a grassy bank, beaches, limestone cliffs, and the gorge of Loup Scar.

This is an easy access route on the Dalesway, starting at the Red Lion pub, following the River Wharfe for 700 metres to Loup Scar.

The Dalesway Path at the Red Lion Burnsall and Burnsall Bridge
The Dalesway Path looking towards the Red Lion at Burnsall and Burnsall Bridge
Gentle Walk to Loop Scar on the River Wharfe
Gentle Walk to Loop Scar on the River Wharfe

The route is well surfaced and level and is a gentle walk. Burnsall village itself, below the bridge, is sometimes busy with scores of swimmers those enjoying picnics.

For those who have mobility issues, there are no styles, but there are two kissing gates along its length which may be awkward for some scooter users without assistance.

Kissing Gate on the Dales Way to Loup Scar

Kissing Gate on the Dales Way to Loup Scar

The nearest public toilets, including RADAR facility toilets,
are in the Grassington National Park car park.

Whilst walking along this section of the River Wharfe, look out for wagtails, dippers, common sandpipers and oystercatchers.

Loup Scar is a magnificent stretch of river incorporating the limestone cliffs and plunge pool of Loup Scar and the shallower, larger, grassy river pool just downstream.

Wild Swimming Loup Scar – River Wharfe

Wild Swimming in the River Wharfe.
The grassy river pool just downstream from Loup Scar
The shallower, larger, grassy river pool just downstream from Loup Scar is great for wild swimming

Loup Scar Burnsall – Wild Swimmers cliff-jump into the River Wharfe deep plunge pool – the very deep rectangular pool beneath the cliff. Terrifying for some! In summer there will probably be folks leaping from the path side’s natural platform.

Loup Scar River Wharfe - Jumping Platform
This is the natural platform from which to jump at Loup Scar

Opposite, the other river bank’s crag is popular with climbers seeking overhang challenges.

Loup Scar Overhanging Crag - great for climbers
Loup Scar Overhanging Crag – great for climbers

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Hebden Suspension Footbridge Bridge River Wharfe
Hebden Suspension Footbridge Bridge and Stepping Stones – River Wharfe

Loup Scar To Hebden Suspension Bridge

If you prefer not to turn around and re-trace your steps to Burnsall, you’re already on the Dales Way footpath between Ilkley and Grassington, and the next landmark further upstream is the historic Hebden Suspension Footbridge.

Here you can cross to the other bank and continue west, passing Linton Church which can be reached if you wish, via stepping stones when the River Wharfe is low enough.

Shortly after you come to the magnificent Linton Falls where there is a bridge with fine views of the waterfalls.

The final section takes you into the village of Grassington,  which features as Darrowby in Channel 5’s remake of the classic TV series “All Creatures Great and Small”, where there are plenty of good pubs and tea rooms for refreshments.