Yorkshire Dales Walk
Barden Bridge & the Strid from Bolton Abbey
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Walk Route Description
Using a section of the Dales Way alongside the River Wharfe this Yorkshire Dales walk offers a good introduction to the delights of the area around Bolton Abbey. Following the river it is an easy route best completed in late Spring or Autumn. Despite using well-maintained paths, the walk through the grounds of the Estate is recommended. The start, reached by a drive off the B6160, is the car park adjacent to the Cavendish Pavillion (Grid ref. SE 077551). There is a charge and once you have paid you can use other car parks within the Bolton Abbey Estate.
From the car park walk north alongside the River Wharfe to reach a wooden bridge (marked as such on the OS 1:25000 map). Cross the bridge and turn left along the clear footpath along the river bank heading north (upstream). After a short way the path enters deciduous woodland, which forms part of the Bolton Abbey Estate. Well managed, it is a delight to walk through and forms a protected zone for many species of flora and fauna.
About half way to Barden Bridge the Wharfe has to pass through a six foot wide cleft through rock. This is the Strid. Even during periods of low water flow it is an impressive sight and after heavy rain care needs to be taken in case of rapid changes in water level. Continuing through the wood you reach a substantial arched stone bridge and join the Dales Way. The path now crosses broad pastures with views ahead to typical Yorkshire Dales scenery.
Barden Bridge is the next landmark where the path leads up to a public road. Turn left and cross the bridge turning left again to follow the Wharfe downstream. Retracing your steps, but on the other bank, you soon reach the arched bridge and enter the woods. On some sections there is a choice of path with side paths either leading down to the river bank or rising gently into the woods. Passing the Strid you have just over a mile to walk to the Cavendish Pavillion (refreshments and toilets) and the start. If you have a surplus of energy then you can extend the walk south to visit the remains of Bolton Priory. This extension adds just under two miles to the route.
Other walks nearby
Walk 1249 Simon's Seat from Bolton Abbey - moderate - 10.0 miles/16.3 km
Walk 2574 Valley of Desolation & Barden Fell - moderate - 11.0 miles/17.9 km
Walk 1946 Valley of Desolation & Simon's Seat - moderate - 8.4 miles/13.7 km
Walk 1905 Beamsley Beacon and Bolton Abbey from Addingham - moderate - 10.0 miles/16.3 km
Walk 2942 Below Silsden Moor from Cringles - easy/mod - 6.8 miles/11.1 km
Walk 1280 Trollers Gill from Burnsall - moderate - 9.0 miles/14.6 km
Walk 2000 A Wharfedale wander from Burnsall - moderate - 13.5 miles/21.9 km
Walk 1574 Thruscross Reservoir - easy - 4.5 miles/7.3 km
Walk 2319 Ilkley to Bingley - easy/mod - 7.0 miles/11.4 km
Walk 1576 Embsay Reservoir - easy - 1.0 miles/1.6 km
Recommended Books & eBooks
The Dales Way
An essential guidebook to walking the Dales Way. This picturesque 78 mile long distance route through the Yorkshire Dales between Ilkley and Bowness on Windermere is one of the gentlest multi-day walks in Britain. The route is described in both directions, visiting Grassington, Kettlewell, Buckden, Dent, Sedbergh and Staveley en route to Bowness.
Trail and Fell Running in the Yorkshire Dales
Guidebook to 40 of the best trail and fell runs in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Ranging from 5 to 24 miles, the graded runs start from bases such as Ribblehead, Dent, Sedbergh, Malham and Grassington and take in the region's diverse delights, from castles and waterfalls to iconic mountains such as Whernside, Ingleborough and Pen Y Ghent.
The End to End Trail