Bolton Abbey

The interactive map below shows the full fantastic circular walk.

I recommend the following:

  • Take a packed lunch and flask(s) if you have them
  • For younger walkers 4-6 I’d stick to the welly walk, if they and you can manage a 3 hour walk then do the full route below. (This can be split into two sections if needs be)
  • Arrive early! Get there for 9am and set off walking straight away. I can’t stress an early start enough. This goes for any walk.
  • Park at the village car park and walk down to the Abbey ruins, over the stepping stones or over the bridge. From there follow the trail and map to Barden Bridge.
  • When you return you’ll be walking back on the other side of the river.
  • Once back at the abbey be sure to take a look in the ruins and go inside the working abbey. Whether religious or not it is a magnificent building.
  • The tea house ‘The Tea on the Green’ offers a fantastic collection of coffees teas, and homemade cakes and sandwiches. So if you can I’d recommend treating your family as a reward for the walk.

Tips: there is an amazing shelter called ‘Harrisons Ford Seat’. This unassuming covered bench can be found high up on the main path on the opposite side of the river to Strid wood. Sit here and have your packed lunch. The shelter looks out over a wondrous valley, and if you sit quietly for a few seconds you’ll find like a scene out of Bambi, small birds of all kinds curiously flying over looking for breadcrumbs. So, take a crust or two and perhaps some seeds.

Some of the paths are quite high and there is a river throughout the route so normal sensible precautions should be discussed and exercised with your children.

Have fun TWD.


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