Bolton Abbey Walk - 29th June

Posted 29/6/2019

The forecasted heat was undoubtedly a factor as a small group of 5 adults completed a 7.5 mile circular walk from Bolton Abbey.

Starting from the main car park we walked alongside the B6160 and through an impressive stone archway before taking a track on the left opposite Bolton Hall which led to a bridleway. This we followed slowly uphill through a field of cows to Westy Bank Wood.

The bridleway weaved its way through the wood to emerge onto open moorland. As we crossed the moorland to Middle Hare head we were thankful that, although warm, there was still plenty of cloud cover that was protecting us from the direct sun.

We descended the far side of Middle Hare Head and took an angled path that led us through some rather marshy land to eventually emerge opposite Strid Wood Team Rooms. We took the opportunity to have our lunch break on the grass adjacent to the tea rooms before following the path through Strid Wood to view The Strid itself.

Continuing alongside the River Wharf we eventually reached the Cavendish Pavillion where we crossed the river and followed the path on the opposite bank.  As we did so the river bank on the car park side of the river was awash with day trippers enjoying the hot weather.

After weaving our way through woodland alongside the river we emerged onto a grassy field to give a distant view of the remains of Bolton Priory. Following the path we crossed the river by the bridge next to a set of stepping stones to reach the Priory itself.

Following a brief look around the Priory we completed pour walk back to the car park and then finished the trip with a visit to the Tea on the Green café for a drink and some cake, scones and ice cream.

Well done to the five people who completed this walk in sweltering conditions. The walk was well worth the trip but given the weather conditions it was understandable the number of people who decided not to walk.