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Things to do in West Witton, North Yorkshire


West Witton is a historic and rural village set in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

Overlooking the dale at West Witton © Alison Bishop
Overlooking the dale at West Witton

When you enter the village it is as if time stood still.

The village overlooks Penhill which is excellent for fell walking and the views from its summit are breathtaking!

The Moors at West Witton © Alison Bishop
The Moors at West Witton

 

West Witton is well known for its legends and folk tales of which the ‘Burning of the Bartle' is it's most famous. (This festival is celebrated at the end of August).

The village has a long history, with some records suggesting that up on Penhill an Iron-age burial site may exist.

A winter's  day at Pen Hill, above West Witton © Alison Bishop
A winter's day at Pen Hill, above West Witton

 

In later times, the ancient Britons lived in the area and it was said that they named the hill, ‘Pen' which meant hill.

The 'Burning of the Bartle' - a festival held in West Witton at the end of August © Alison Bishop
The 'Burning of the Bartle'

 

Later the Saxons came and added their name to Pen, not knowing what that word meant, and called it Penhill. (Not a very imaginative name!)

The Wensleydale Heifer - Seafood Restaurant of the Year 2007. © Alison Bishop
The Wensleydale Heifer - Seafood Restaurant

 

Another place of interest is the Knights Templars'Preceptory, which was unearthed in the 19th Century.

One of the mosaics on a walk around West Witton. (The Burning of the Bartle)  © Alison Bishop
One of the mosaics on a walk around West Witton

 

It is situated in Swinithwaite a mile or so away, however, a walk leads from the centre of West Witton to the preceptory and beyond to West Burton.

A signpost of a walk leading to West Witton.  © Alison Bishop

Today West Witton is well known for its beautiful walks, good pubs and restaurants and its village charm.

Description by Alison Bishop

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