As a matter of convention, Wharfedale is often divided into what is arbitrarily known as 'Upper Wharfedale' and 'Lower Wharfedale' lying respectively upstream and downstream of the village of Grassington.
This stunning area offers so much to locals and visitors alike. The famous Kilnsey Crag is perhaps our most well known landmark. This breathtaking large limestone cliff is around 170 feet high and it attracts climbers to the area year in year out for the unique experience of climbing its challenging 40-foot overhang.
Kilnsey is a small village located on the B6160 road about 12 miles from Skipton. It has one pub with rooms, the Tennant Arms, and Kilnsey Park, which has a restaurant on site and is very popular with tourists and day visitors as it has a wide range of attractions for both young and old. Each year, on the Tuesday after August Bank Holiday, the village hosts a large agricultural show: Kilnsey Show. The Upper Wharfedale Agricultural Society, which organises and runs the show, was founded, and held its first show in 1897. Kilnsey Show has grown and diversified over the years to become one of the country's largest one-day agricultural shows attracting exhibitors, competitors and over 10,000 visitors from near and far.
Just across the river on the opposite side of the valley is the neighbouring village of Conistone. Conistone is even smaller than Kilnsey, but features some equally spectacular limestone scenery, including Mossdale Caverns, Gurling Trough, Conistone Dib and the limestone outcrop known as Conistone Pie. Conistone is also the home of a long established horse and pony Trekking Centre.
Kilnsey has been linked with Conistone since the 1379 Poll Tax Returns of the Wapentake of Staincliffe. In the Early Tudor Loan Book of 1522 the two villages are listed as Conyston cum Kylnesey. Today, the two villages are joined to form the Conistone with Kilnsey Parish. Residents of the two villages meet twice a year to deal with matters affecting the local community, and ancillary matters such as land letting and fundraising at the Conistone and Kilnsey Village Hall which is situated on the west bank of the River Wharfe with magnificent views both up and down the Dale. The village hall is available for hire by outside persons or groups. Please email for more details about hiring the village hall.
Just a short drive away are the villages of Grassington, Kettlewell and Arncliffe. The whole area offers excellent opportunities for walkers of all standards and the Dalesway long-distance footpath passes just above the village of Conistone.
We hope you find our website provides a useful insight into Kilnsey and Conistone in Upper Wharfedale and the surrounding area and gives you all the information you need, whether a local resident living in Kilnsey or Conistone, or a visitor to the area. Please contact us if there is anything you feel we have missed, or if you would like to know more about the area.