Yorkshire Dales Walks
Date: 19th Feb 2013
Distance: 2.8 miles
Ascent: 295 feet
Time: 3 hours 45 mins
With: Rhiannon, Olivia and Paul
Start Grid Ref: SE070530
A lovely short walk on both sides of the River Wharfe starting from the ruins of Bolton Abbey.
Route Summary: A simple route either side of the River Wharfe between Bolton Abbey and the Cavendish Pavillion.
1. Bolton Abbey
2. The River Wharfe below Bolton Abbey
3. Looking across the stepping stones to Bolton Abbey
4. A robin in the woods
5. The path in the woods above the river
6. The River Wharfe
7. Looking along the river to Bolton Abbey
8. Inside the ruins of Bolton Abbey
Walk Detail: I have really nice memories of trips to Bolton Abbey as a child. The combination of the Abbey ruins and a lovely section of the Wharfe is a winning one and it came to mind when looking for a short walk to take Rhiannon on. On this occasion we were joined by one of Rhiannon's friends, Olivia and Olivia's dad, Paul.
One 'problem' with Bolton Abbey is that it is very popular and can suffer from over-crowding. We were fortunate that it was fairly quiet, surprising considering it was an absolutely gorgeous day weather-wise.
Perhaps even more so than normal this walk turned into an extended play time which, added to a stop for throwing stones in the river, exploring the abbey ruins and an ice-cream at the end, contributed to this walk lasting almost four hours.
This was a great day out in lovely sunshine, a highly recommended walk for little legs.