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North Riding
Colsterdale barn - - 1276053.jpg
A barn in Colsterdale
Grid reference: SE130813
Location: 54°13’39"N, 1°48’8"W
Post town: Ripon
Postcode: HG4
Local Government
Council: Harrogate

Colsterdale is a gentle valley lying within the Yorkshire Dales, in the North Riding of Yorkshire. It is the valley of the River Burn, a tributary of the River Ure, and gives its name also to a hamlet in the upper part of the dale, about seven miles west of Masham. The population of the parish was estimated at just 20 in 2010.

The lower part of the dale is in the parish of Healey. The whole dale is within the ‘Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty]] (notwithstanding that Nidderdale is an unconnected valley to the south, in the West Riding).

One of the Colsterdale Towers

The Colsterdale Towers are towers built between 1895 and 1911 to conduct surveys.


The name of Colsterdale is first recorded in 1281, and means "coalman valley". There was a coal mine here in the 14th century.[1]

During the First World War Colsterdale was the site of a training camp for the Leeds Pals. There is now a memorial to the Leeds Pals in the dale. It later became a Prisoner of War camp for German Officers.

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  1. Watts, Victor, ed. (2010), "Colsterdale", The Cambridge Dictionary of English Place-Names, Cambridge University Press