Bolton Abbey

  • Remains of Bolton Abbey
  • Attractive riverside path
  • Plenty of sitting and quieter areas

The ruins of Bolton Abbey are a dramatic site. The monks that resided there in the  400 years prior to its Dissolution (courtesy of Henry VIII and his marriage difficulties in 1539) had a great impact on the surrounding area and affected the lives of all who lived nearby. The site is well worth a visit, the Parish Church itself is still in excellent condition. The stepping stones on the nearby River Wharfe have attracted many a family, including mine, with its wide and spacious banks and can become very busy on bank holidays and summer weekends

Although written as a walk it is very short and little more than a wander through the woods on the far side of the river  and is in reality a continuation of the longer Strid walk. The walk is short, only a mile up to the Cavendish Pavilion and the same back. As a result this breaks up the frollicking in the river and the pleasures of walking through the abbey ruins.


An alternative walk is to park up in Storiths and walk down to the river on the quieter side

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL2 Yorkshire Dales South & West Buy Map
Start Point: SE 071539. I parked in the main car park at £6 a go
Height to Climb: 25ms ( 82 feet)
Terrain: The path on the near bank is wheelchair/push chair friendly whilst the far bank is a narrower woodland path with ups and downs
Eating & Drinking: The estate boasts a number of places to eat and drink from the elegant surroundings of the Devonshire Arms to ice cream vans. There is also the Cavendish Pavilion and the Cottage Tea Shop for a more relaxing cuppa.
Similar Walks Nearby: Cataracts of the Strid
From Addingham to Bolton Abbey
Skipton Woods and Skipton Castle
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