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West Riding
Conistone & Dib, from west.jpg
Conistone, bridge and Dib, over Wharfedale from west
Grid reference: SD981675
Location: 54°6’11"N, 2°1’52"W
Post town: Skipton
Postcode: BD23
Dialling code: 01756
Local Government
Council: Craven
Skipton and Ripon

Conistone is a small village in the Staincliffe Wapentake of the West Riding of Yorkshire. It lies three miles north of Grassington, the same distance south of Kettlewell and 12 miles north of Skipton beside the River Wharfe, in Upper Wharfedale.[1] Conistone With Kilnsey is a township of the large ancient parish of Burnsall, becoming a civil parish in 1866.[2]


St Mary's Church, Conistone, from the south-east

Conistone is mentioned in the Domesday Book as Cunestune and belonging to Ketil.[3] The name derives from a mix of Old Danish (Kunung) and Old English (tūn), which means King's farm or Settlement.[4]

The village is set in characteristic limestone scenery, including Mossdale Caverns, the dry gorge of Conistone Dib and the limestone outcrop of Conistone Pie.[5] Above the Dib the Dales Way path connects Kettlewell, to its north, and Grassington, to its south, providing distant views over Wharfedale.[6] From the B6160 road, the Wharfe is crossed at Conistone by a stone-arch bridge,[7] which is within easy walking distance of Kilnsey, with its Crag.

The parish church, St Mary's, dates from the 11th or 12th century, and is a Grade-II listed building.[8]

The population of the parish in the 2001 census was 117,[9] rising to 124 at the 2011 census.[10] In 2015, North Yorkshire Council had estimated the population to be 110.[11]

Immediately to the east of the village lies Conistone Moor and Riggs Moor. The moorland here was known for its lead mines,[12] and also as being the furthest point in England from a road. Known by the Ordnance Survey as Pile of Stones, the point is on Riggs Moor and is found at 54°8’34"N, 1°57’31"W.[13]


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  1. "Genuki: In 1822, the following places were in the Parish of Burnsall:, Yorkshire (West Riding)" (in en). Retrieved 6 January 2020. 
  2. "Conistone With Kilnsey CP/Ch". Vision of Britain. Retrieved 12 June 2013. 
  3. "Conistone | Domesday Book". Retrieved 6 January 2020. 
  4. Ekwall, Eilert (1960). The concise Oxford dictionary of English place-names (4 ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press. p. 120. ISBN 0-19-869103-3. 
  5. Machell, Ben (22 May 2009). "Times Walks: Kettlewell and Conistone Moor, North Yorkshire" (in en). The Times. Retrieved 6 January 2020. 
  6. "Weekend Walk. Conistone Dib" (in en). The Yorkshire Post. 7 October 2017. Retrieved 6 January 2020. 
  7. National Heritage List 1316801: Conistone Bridge over River Wharfe (Grade II listing)
  8. National Heritage List 1296267: Church of St Mary
  9. UK Census (2001). "Local Area Report – Conistone with Kilnsey Parish (36UB020)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. }}
  10. UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – Conistone with Kilnsey Parish (E04007073)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 6 January 2020 
  11. "2015 Population Estimates Parishes" (PDF). December 2016. p. 10. Retrieved 6 January 2020. 
  12. "The Yorkshire Moors and Fells" (PDF). p. 2. Retrieved 6 January 2020. 
  13. Hellen, Nicholas (26 May 2019). "The end of Britain’s wilderness: nowhere is more than 6 miles from a road" (in en). The Sunday Times. Retrieved 6 January 2020.