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West Burton Falls (Cauldron Falls) – The Ultimate Visitor’s Guide

West Burton Falls (Cauldron Falls) – The Ultimate Visitor’s Guide

West Burton Falls, AKA Cauldron Falls and West Burton Waterfall, is a beautiful waterfall in West Burton in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Found on the serene Walden Beck, West Burton Falls is a small but stunning waterfall that doesn’t get the attention it deserves. In this guide, we’ll tell you everything you need to know about visiting this waterfall in the Yorkshire Dales.

West Burton Falls (Cauldron Falls)

West Burton Falls is a lesser-known waterfall in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Certainly, the nearby Aysgarth Falls is the most well-known and popular waterfall to visit in the area. But, we think you should also visit West Burton Falls, which is known just as much by the name Cauldron Falls.

Perhaps, you could visit Cauldron Falls after exploring the more popular Aysgarth Falls! That’s exactly what Beck and I did. After seeing Aysgarth Falls, we drove to the charming village of West Burton and did a small circular walk, visiting the waterfall. After all, who doesn’t enjoy a bit of waterfall chasin’?

Read our guides about Aysgarth Falls, Bolton Abbey Waterfall and Hull Pot

West Burton Falls (Cauldron Falls), North Yorkshire.
Cauldron Falls

Where Is West Burton Falls in the Yorkshire Dales?

This waterfall is located near the small village of West Burton in the Yorkshire Dales.

For your reference, please click on the Cauldron Falls map below to access an interactive map on Google Maps.

Map of West Burton Falls (Cauldron Falls) in North Yorkshire

From the small village of West Burton, it’s a very short walk to access the waterfall. Of course, we thought it best to explore a little more of the surrounding area after visiting Cauldron Falls. Below, we’ll provide some information about the short circular walk we did, which involved visiting the waterfall at the beginning of the walk.

West Burton Falls Walk Details

  • Type: Loop
  • Distance: 2.3km
  • Time: 1 hour
  • Accumulated elevation gain: 50m
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Trailhead: West Burton
  • Map: Wikiloc

Stay in West Burton

An English pub

The Fox and Hounds Inn is the go-to pub accommodation option in West Burton, featuring cosy rooms, a restaurant, free private parking and a charming bar

West Burton Falls Walk Description

From the village of West Burton in North Yorkshire, you’ll make your way to the nearby waterfall. Indeed, it’s only a little waterfall, but, nevertheless, it’s picturesque and quaint. It’s possible to walk over some rocks to approach the natural pool at the base of the falls. Just be careful as it’s awfully slippery.

Once you’ve scoped out the waterfall, you’ll cross a short bridge, which passes over Walden Beck. You’ll then head acutely up a hill, joining a trail, which passes farmland and woodland. The short trail explores the gorgeous surrounding countryside. You’ll walk for around 1km, before briefly heading in a southwest direction towards another bridge. Once you’ve crossed this bridge, you’ll turn right, eventually joining Dame Lane. This country lane will lead you back to West Burton. Short and sweet!

Trees covering the West Burton Falls (AKA Cauldron Falls)
Aerial view above Cauldron Falls

Other West Burton Walks

If you’re interested in other West Burton walks, there are a few to choose from. When it comes to well-known West Burton short walks, and, also West Burton circular walks, the walk we’ve described in this guide is certainly one of the best short circular walks in the area. The other most popular walks in the area involve longer circular walks. Let’s look at these below.

How to Get to West Burton

The easiest and quickest way to get to West Burton in Yorkshire is to drive there yourself. You can simply park by the village green, for free.

If you don’t have your own set of wheels, we recommend hiring a car.

Car Hire

If you don’t have your own car, you should hire one using Discover Cars. Personally, we use Discover Cars and highly recommend them for finding your ideal car hire at an affordable price. Booking online is super easy and the free cancellation policy is great.

To find out more about renting a car with Discover Cars, read our Discover Cars review and Discover Cars Insurance review.

It’s also possible to use public transport to get to West Burton. Buses alight at this bus stop. From there, it’s a short walk to reach the falls. We recommend using Trainline and Google Maps to plan your journey.

Booking Trains


Trainline is one of the best online platforms for booking trains. By using Trainline, you can easily find the best available prices and times for your journey. We always use Trainline to book our train journeys in the UK and in Europe.

Although, personally, we don’t recommend using public transport to get to West Burton as you’ll have a fairly long-winded journey to get there. Certainly, it’s best to drive there yourself.

Is West Burton Falls Family Friendly?

Yes, Cauldron Falls is easy to access and kid-friendly! The kiddies will just have to be careful around the slippery rocks near the edge of the natural pool. The short walk described in this guide is also fine for kids.

Waterfalls in the Yorkshire Dales National Park

Of course, there are many waterfalls in the Yorkshire Dales. Here’s a list of other awesome Yorkshire Dales waterfalls to explore.

Hull Pot waterfall in the Yorkshire Dales
Hull Pot

Hiking Essentials

These are our hiking gear essentials for the West Burton Falls walk.

Osprey Skarab 30
Osprey Skarab 30

The Osprey Skarab 30 is our go-to hiking backpack for day hikes. This well-designed unisex backpack is comfortable and spacious, so you’ll have plenty of space to pack everything without feeling the strain on your upper back.

Osprey Ultralight Raincover
Osprey Ultralight Raincover

A waterproof backpack cover is an absolute must when you’re adventuring outdoors. The Osprey Ultralight Raincover Medium is a high-quality waterproof cover that’ll keep your backpack bone dry.

GRAYL Reusable Water Bottle
GRAYL Reusable Water Bottle

The GRAYL GeoPress is the best water filter bottle that allows you to purify 710mL (12 ounces) of water. This bottle will make water safe to drink wherever you’re hiking.

BUFF Original Ecostretch
BUFF Original Ecostretch

The BUFF Original Ecostretch is a great option when it comes to multifunctional headwear. We use the Ecostretch as a neck gaiter to keep the sun off our necks and it helps us keep warm in cooler climates.

Sony Cybershot RX100 VII
Sony Cybershot RX100 VII

Capture epic photos and videos with the Sony Cybershot RX100 VII. This is hands-down the best compact camera. We love using this simple point-and-shoot camera when we’re hiking as it’s lightweight and durable.

To find out more about all of the gear that we use and recommend, read our guides about our favourite hiking gear, travel gear and camera gear. Otherwise, read our comprehensive travel packing checklist.

Other Yorkshire Dales Guides

Hardraw Force

For more information about the best things to do in the Yorkshire Dales, click the button below. Otherwise, to help you get started, read our 42 Best Yorkshire Dales Walks or 48 Best Yorkshire Dales Waterfalls guides.

Best Villages to See in the Yorkshire Dales

Bonus Tips and Helpful Information

  • Swimming at Cauldron Falls: yes, it’s possible to go for a paddle in the small pool at the base of the falls. The water is surprisingly deep at the base of the falls, so only experienced swimmers should swim out this far. Otherwise, many visitors, in the warmer months, will simply paddle at the water’s edge. Again, the rocks are slippery, so caution is necessary.
  • West Burton pubs: The Fox and Hounds Inn is a fantastic country pub. Other than a hearty meal and a pint, you could make a weekend out of it and stay here. Indeed, the country inn gets fantastic reviews and the rates are quite reasonable and affordable.
  • Explore other nearby national parks: don’t just stop at the Yorkshire Dales. Head to the beautiful Lake District (guides coming soon) or North York Moors National Park.

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Daniel Piggott

Dan is a travel blogger, physiotherapist, hiker, natural wonder seeker and world traveller. He loves writing travel guides to help his readers explore the most beautiful destinations in the world.

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