On Day 5 of our Yorkshire Dales trip we decided to visit Bolton Abbey, it is located just off the A59 in between Skipton and Harrogate, easily accessible from major roads and railways. If you are using a satellite navigation system, please use the post code BD23 6EX. This brings you to Bolton Abbey village for access to Priory Church & ruins and walks to the riverside. Car park charge is £10 per car and includes all occupants of the vehicle.
The Abbey is the ruins of a Augustinian Priory and was gifted to the Augustinians by Alice De Rumilly in 1154. The canons lived and worshiped here until 1539 when the dissolution of the monasteries stripped the Priory of its assets. History lovers will enjoy the story of Prior Moone and how he negotiated with Cromwell to secure the nave as a place of worship for the local community and how the church continues to thrive to this day.
There is lots of opportunity for the walkers as there are some nice walks to be had from Bolton Abbey including to Valley of Desolation, Simons Seat and Rocking Hall. Infprmation for these can be found HERE
The image above was taken from the footpath that leads down from where the car park is located in Bolton go through the gates follow the footpath down to the river and the stepping stones across it. Kids of all ages love it.
We followed the route that leads up past the Abbey on the opposite side of the river in the image above. This would mean not crossing the Bridge or stepping stones but staying on the same side of the river as were you came in from the car park. Follow the footpath up and around to the old Water fountain
Follow the footpath around to the right of the fountain and you see a gate that leads you down some steps into a field , sometimes full of sheep, follow the path across the field to the gate the other end.
From here you walk along the path that takes you through Riverside Car Park towards Cavendish Pavilion where you can sit and relax indoors or outside and enjoy some refreshments before carrying on the walk up through Strid Woods Past The Strid, a dangerous section of fast moving turbulent water, up towards Barden Bridge , we opted the slightly shorter route across the Aqueduct and return back down to the Cavendish Pavilion on the opposite side of the river for yet more refreshments. There is a from their website HERE
The walk itself is a easy route a little up and down gradient at times and can be strenuous in places and will take anywhere fro 2 to 4 hours to complete depending on your fitness level and the amount of time you stop to take pictures or just admire the scenery.. Below is a Vlog i did on my Youtube Channel , please feel free to like , share and subscribe to the channel if you wish.