As I am stuck in England, recovering from a badly broken wrist, I decided it was time to go see some of the country I am from!! On an overcast bank holiday Tuesday I went to Bolton Abbey, it’s a great day out in Yorkshire and who knew it was in North Yorkshire and not anywhere near the town Bolton!!!
It’s just over an hour drive north of Leeds in the Yorkshire Dales and sits along the River Wharfe.
We arrived about 11am and paid our £8 to park the car for the day, got our maps and decided on which walk to do. There are 80 miles of paths to walk and we chose a 7.5 mile walk past the abbey and along the river to Barden Bridge.
We set off from the village and headed down to the Abbey. What a beautiful place.
I had my pic taken outside the ruins of the abbey and then went for a closer look, exploring the ruins and having a look too at Bolton Hall.
Next we headed across the river, there are 2 ways to cross the river, over the bridge or stepping stones. Lots of people were trying the stepping stones even small children but as I am still recovering from a badly broken wrist, I was too scared of slipping and went for the sensible option of the bridge!!
We then walked through Strid Wood, here there are lots of things for kids to do with tree climbing, tunnels, nets, bridges. It was a beautiful walk through the woodland with wild garlic growing on the floor of the forest and seeing the river close up or afar from the high points of the path.
The photo on the right is The Strid, the woods we were walking through are named after this area.
We then continued on, along the river stopping to have a nice relax on a stone chair, before continuing on to Barden Bridge.
We then headed back along the other side of the river, with amazing views of the fields and river and the bluebells in flower.
The photo on the left shows the view above from Barden Bridge and the bridge on the right photo which is beautiful was built to hide the pipe that carries water from Nidderdale to cities in West Yorkshire.
As we headed back towards Bolton Abbey, we came around a corner and got an amazing view of the abbey. This is such a beautiful place and worth a visit. Great to spend a day, have a picnic by the river, lots for kids to do. Miles of walking for the keen hikers, would definitely recommend and I will be back for a visit in the future.
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