Bolton Priory and The Strid from Barden Bridge

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The walk starts at Barden Bridge and takes the Dales Way south along the banks of the River Wharfe. Keep your eye open for kingfishers, which are often spotted along this stretch.

Next, we enter the broad-leaved woodlands on the steep banks of the River Wharfe, which form the majority of this walk. They are managed by the Bolton Abbey Estate and the footpaths are in excellent condition. After a view of The Strid from high on the western bank, we soon descend once again and leave the woods.

At the far end of the walk, our route takes us through the ruins of Bolton Priory and past the impressive St Mary's Church, which you are welcome to visit. From here, it's not too far to the refreshment pavilion where you can buy a meal, or eat a picnic.

Back into the woods now and the next stop along the way is the dramatic Strid. A word of warning: no-one has ever fallen into The Strid and survived. It's easy walking all the way back to Barden Bridge and the end of the walk. Hopefully, you'll catch the ice-cream van that often parks here.

Dog owners, please note the presence of a couple of dog-unfriendly stiles and also sheep / cattle en route.

England - North England - Yorkshire - Yorkshire Dales - Wharfedale

Features

Ancient Monument, Birds, Cafe, Church, Gift Shop, Good for Kids, Great Views, Nature Trail, Play Area, Public Transport, Restaurant, River, Tea Shop, Toilets, Waterfall, Woodland
16/10/2010 - Christine Bibby

A lovely easy walk with beautiful views.

21/06/2008 - Stephen Harris

A fine walk, not at all difficult. The distance is about right and the pavilion sells great food and there are many opportunities for ice cream along the way. Some stunning ruins and buildings and great directions and a river coloured like a 'chocolate' river made this a truly good mornings' walking. 10/10. Well done.

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