The Burning of Old Bartle

Saturday 24th August 2013

West Witton, nr Leyburn, North Yorkshire

The Doggerel

On Penhill Crags he tore his rags

Hunters Thorn he blew his horn

Cappelbank Stee happened a misfortune and brak' his knee

Grassgill Beck he brak' his neck

Wadhams End he couldn't fend

Grassgill End we'll mak' his end


Shout, lads, shout!



Are you coming to see Bartle burn?


Bartle meets his end!

Burning Bartle

Saturday August 24th 2013

West Witton, Yorkshire Dales

The ancient ritual of Burning Bartle takes place every year in the village of West Witton near Leyburn, North Yorkshire.

At 9pm on the Saturday night nearest to the 24th August (St. Bartholomew's Day) a larger than life figure is paraded down the village main street accompanied by repeated chants of the Bartle doggerel.

When Bartle reaches 'his end' in Grassgill, he is set alight, accompanied by songs and cheers from the assembled masses.


For more details of the tradition itself, please see the tradition page, the Bartle Trail or the past Bartle Burnings

The ritual starts at 9pm sharp on the Saturday night, following the Witton Fell Race. The next day (Sunday 25th August) sees the 'Fun Day' which includes all manner of events including children's sports, fancy dress, a falconry display and other entertainments!

It's a Witton Feast whole weekend of fun and everyone's welcome!