Addingham to Bolton Abbey

  • Moor, river, history, town and pasture
  • Visit to famous Bolton Abbey
  • Impressive views of the Wharf

To date I have only included 2 walks south of Skipton, Ilkley Moor being one and the route past Chelker Reservoir from Addingham and back along the River Wharfe being another. In many ways this is one of the best routes to explore Bolton Abbey as it is initially and intriguingly glimpsed on the route down from the high point of Haw Pike. I suggest visiting Chelker Reservoir and Haw Pike direct through the golf course from Addingham as the walk is then spread out in front of you and leaves the choices of how to return from Beamsley hamlet to later.

Chelker Reservoir is very much ‘work in progress’ with big debates as to whether the old wind turbines should be replaced or just left to fall in to disrepair UPdate 2015, they have been removed and the area much the better for it). As someone who is basically conservation minded I am increasingly anti wind turbines – the power that they actually generate being my concern as they do create enormous disturbance to the landscape which must be justified.

I visited Beamsley Woods on the return before dropping back to the River Wharfe bankside path. Many will want to climb Beamsley Hill and fair play as it is a good vantage point. However I was keen to admire the power of the River Wharfe and explore the spectacular weir at Addingham so the woods and river won out.

Recommend: Take time to explore Addingham. As an old textile town the mills are still there to be seen and visited, Low Mill surviving as a viable industry as late as 1976.

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL2 Yorkshire Dales South & West Buy Map
Start Point: SE 082499. Take the lane that passes to the west of the school and head towards the golf course.
Height to Climb: 177 ms (581 feet)
Terrain: The walk passes through some wet pasture land but in the main the walk is along good tracks even by the river.
Eating & Drinking: Addingham is a small town with plenty of pubs and sandwich shops. I hear the Fleece is good.
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Places to Stay:


Wheatley Arms, Ilkley