West Burton is one of the most attractive villages in the Dales. Built around a long green, the village is bypassed by the B6160, which heads along Bishopdale on its way into Wharfedale, so the only roads that pass through West Burton are the two minor roads that run along the Walden Valley. Originally occupied by miners and quarrymen, the village buildings complement each other perfectly, producing a harmonious whole. Despite its age – the village predate the Norman conquest – West Burton has never had a church, and so the villagers have had to worship at Asygarth (there is now a Methodist chapel).
Walden Beck runs just behind the village, dropping over a waterfall called West Burton Falls, Couldron Force or Burton Force in different sources! As well as the obvious walks in the Walden Valley, West Burton is ideally placed for an ascent of Penhill, just to the north east of the village.