Bolton Bridge Travel Guide

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  • Bolton Hall

    On the Estate are Bolton Hall, the Priory Church and the ruins of the Priory Abbey.Bolton Hall is the Yorkshire home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire - their other family home is Chatsworth in Derbyshire - how gret is that is to have two such lovely properties! The "tower" you can see in this picture of Bolton Hall was the original arched...

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  • Inside Priory Chucrh

    A couple of things to note inside the church:The East Wall of Bolton Priory Church was built in 1877 to replace the old wall of 1539 following the dissolution of the Priory. It was decorated with a fine painting about 1890 by a local artist, Thomas Bottomley (first pic) There are 5 panels within the painting, each containing a slightly different...

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  • Bolton Abbey Priory Church

    The Parish Church, attached to the ruins of the Abbey, is still used by the the local community for worship - parking is not allowed here unless by church attendees on Sunday.On the outside there are some interesting stone figures but its also worth a pop inside to see some of its lovely features such as the stained glass windows - especially the...

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  • Memorial Fountain

    The Cavendish Memorial Fountain was built in honour of Lord Frederick Cavendish 2nd son of the 7th Duke of Devonshire. The unfortunate son was assassinated in Phoenix Park, Dublin, 12 hours after his arrival as Chief Secretary to Ireland in 1882. The fountain has recently been restored and is was great to see it working. The Riverside can be...

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  • Abbey Ruins

    Before you cross the stepping stones take some time to explore and enjoy the impressive ruins of the abbey - the Priory here was founded in 1154. I particulary liked this view of the archways open to the elements and the beautiful windows.

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  • Money grows on Trees!

    During our walk amongst the woods above the river bank we came across this huge tree trunk where it seemed to be a tradition for people to hammer in a copper coin or two into it - so money really was growing on this tree!. Virtually all the trunk was covered in coins - makes a change from coins in a fountain anyway!

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  • Beach

    Parts of the river bank are fairly sandy - almost a beach here - annd families like to bathe in these areas or have picnics by the riverbank here.

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  • Stride across the River Wharfe

    These stepping stones were placed as a natural bridge here to cross the river - they are spaces fairly well apart too. Its a popular thing to do although there is an altenative proper wooden bridge that can be used. The Stepping Stones are an old right of way linking the hamlet of Storiths with the Priory.

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  • Hole in the Wall

    We parked in the top car park, headed past the pantry shop by the Bolton Abbey's village green and crossed the road to the "Hole in the Wall". This is the pedestrians entrance to the estate and it makes a perfect frame for the idyllic scene set before you...so pause for a while and take in the view before you head down the steps to the estate and...

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Bolton Bridge Shopping

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    by sandysmith Updated Oct 9, 2005

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    The Pantry is one of those lovely olde-worlde shops selling home-made pickles , jams, chutneys, mustards and wines etc... Lindisfarne Mead can be obtained here too but items we purchased included Roots (crisps from vegetates such as beetroot, parsnip, carrot etc) Tomato and basil mutard, courgette chutney with sweet tomato and basil. Its right in the centre of the estate and can't be missed.

    The Pantry goodies on offer deliveries by bicycle?

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  • Walks in the Bolton Abbey Estate

    There are so many walks in this area - within the estate there are 80 miles of footpaths crossing moorland, through woodland and alongside the river. The most popular ones tend to follow the River Wharfe and down to the Strid where the water tumbles over rocks in a ravine - care must be taken in this are as it can be dangerous when water levels are...

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  • Best Views

    One of the best views of the Abbey and Estate is from across the stepping stones and up a short path. Another good view is near the Tea Cottage restaurant , just near the village green. Enter through its trellis archway and follow the short path, behind the seating area to a semi-circular white seat with an impressive view over the estate.

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  • Yorkshire Dales Scenery

    Bolton Abbey is a quaint dales village adjacent to Bolton Priory, a ruined Augustinian monastery on the banks of the River Wharfe, in Wharfedale just north of the spa town of Ilkley in the Yorkshire Dales. The views of the dales around this area really are delightful - I'd like to return at different seasons to enjoy the changing colours of the...

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