A Sunday at Bolton Abbey

Ever since I heard Gesci talk about visiting Bolton Abbey when she lived nearby, I knew it was a place I wanted to visit at some point. Two Sundays ago, we were looking for something to do, and because the weather was so nice, we decided to visit Bolton Abbey and do some walking.

We paid the £7 to park and walked past some cute cafes and shops, which I’d love to check out at some point. That day though, we were focused on getting in a good walk before the forecasted rain was to come later in the afternoon. We headed straight through the cow pasture (Seriously, the cows are just wandering around you chopping on grass, so pay attention to where you step!) to the Priory and the Ruins.

Bolton Abbey dates back to the 12th century. The ruins are what is left from the monastery and its buildings. The church was allowed to continue on as a parish and is still open to this day. We had a little wander inside the church, which is fairly small but full of character and history. I didn’t take any pictures inside, but the stained glass, the baptismal font, and the kneelers in the pews are just a few of the characteristics that really caught my eye. I think some of my fascination with the beauty and the details of the church has to do with growing up going to mass in a church built in the 1970s.

After leaving the church, Richard spotted the stepping stones across the River Wharfe and said, “You do know we will be crossing the river on the stones.” I never imagined we would have crossed the river in any other way. We scoff at bridges! Ha! And, off we set on what would be about a 6ish-mile hike for the day.

The grounds truly are beautiful. More than once I found myself thinking how lucky we are to live in an area surrounded by such incredible scenery. I hope you enjoy some of our photos from the day and maybe you’ll decide to check Bolton Abbey out if you are ever in the area!

BA1Walking to the Priory and Ruins

BA2The Ruins

BA6The River Wharfe

The areas right around the car parks were busy when we were there, so take one of the walking trails and miss the crowds if you want a more peaceful experience. Although there are other walkers out there, it will allow you to see some more of the beauty and hidden gems of the grounds at Bolton Abbey.

BA3

BA4You can leave the trail and walk these big boulders for a closer look of The Strid.

BA5The Strid

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5 thoughts on “A Sunday at Bolton Abbey

  1. You both fill and break my heart with this post! (It’s good, though!)
    I miss Bolton Abbey so much. And the shops are totally cute- so go in at your own risk!! I never got into the rare book shop either, although I meant to.
    The “beach” area on the river is where Sloan and I whiled away many an afternoon playing fetch- I miss it so! I’m glad you went into the Strid, though- it’s magical, I swear! And it’s absolutely gorgeous in winter, although the paths ice over and can be nasty. But the carparks are free Mon-Thurs Nov-Mar, so take advantage of that! (I hope!) And take lots of pictures for me to cry-grin over!!

  2. I have a really early memory of the stepping stones in the river and getting an ice cream at Bolton Abbey. I love both Bolton and Kirkham Abbey’s – they tend to be a little quieter and a little more off the tourist trail then Fountains Abbey. Monks certainly found some beautiful places to build their Abbey’s and such!

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