50a. Walking around the Bolton Abbey Estate, Wharfedale
The Yorkshire estate of the Duke of Devonshire on which there are ~80 miles of paths to walk over in the Bolton Abbey area!
Scenes in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, North Yorkshire, the North Pennines and parts of East Cumbria
Near the car park is the Cavendish Pavilion riverside cafe & event venue for brunch, morning coffee, lunch or afternoon tea and can be an exclusive evening venue! In the 19th century the railways ere bringing large numbers of people from the expanding towns of the Victorian Industrial Revolution, hence the Pavilion tearoom was built in 1880 for these visitors.
You can cross the River Wharfe by the 'wooden bridge' and walk up towards Bolton Park Farm. The wooden bridge, opposite the Pavilion, replaced a ford and a flight of stepping stones - though there are still a set of stepping stones by Bolton Priory ruins.
The River Wharfe near the 'wooden bridge'.
Passing through the Bolton Park farm with the Brown Hill? Hazlewood Moor? beyond.
Following the track up beyond Bolton Park Farm towards Hazlewood Moor.
Looking back down to the River Wharfe valley
A good view of lower Wharfedale.
View down from near Hammerthorn Gate.
Telephoto shot of Bolton Priory church and abbey ruins.
Due to moorland shooting restrictions we had to retreat back to the Cavendish Pavilion by the River Wharfe and decided to do a circular clockwise walk from back over the Waterfall Bridge and around to the ruins of Bolton Priory.
There are some nice meadows of wild flowers on the east bank of the River Wharfe, which have been deliberately left to grow wild.
You climb above the river with good views whilst walking along pleasant woodland trails on part of the Dales Way. There are nature trails and various activities along this riverside walk.
Eventually you reach the ruins of Bolton Priory situated on the west bank of the River Wharfe.
Pleasing views all round, great easy relaxing walking!
A nice sandy river beach to play on, quite safe if the river is not too high.
AND then to cross over to the Priory ruins on the west bank of the River Wharfe via the stepping stones! but can take the bridge rather more easily!
The east end of the priory ruins.
Now walking back north on the west bank of the River Wharfe ...
... past the priory ruins.
A great place for children to play, but we appreciate the views!
Such a beautiful river!
The hexagonal fountain of the Cavendish Memorial, north of Bolton Hall, in the Gothic style by T. Worthington & J. G. Elkgood of Manchester in 1886. Cavendish is the family name of the Dukes of Devonshire and the fountain is in memory of Lord Frederick, the son of the 7th Duke of Devonshire, who was murdered in Dublin in 1882 when he was Chief Secretary to Ireland.
Last views of the priory ruins ...
... as we head back towards the 'Pavilion' and a cup of tea!
Back near the 'cafe' and parking area of Sandholme car park ...
... and a last view of the River Wharfe before refreshments!
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