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Lodge Yard, Askrigg

Yorkshire Dales, England

Find the perfect sunset in the Yorkshire Dales

Posted by Luci Ackers on Jul 31, 2017
Find the perfect sunset in the Yorkshire Dales

Going in search of that perfect sunset? In Yorkshire you are never short of atmospheric locations, The region is renowned for its incredible collection of ruins and castles, and Bolton Priory is no exception. The 12th century ruins of an impressive Augustinian abbey sit on the banks of the River Wharfe in the heart of Bolton Abbey, an estate in the Yorkshire Dales.

If you’re coming to explore Bolton Abbey, the Priory is not to be missed. It was built when Augustinian canons were gifted the land in 1154 and they were here until it was stripped in 1539 during the Dissolution of the Monasteries. The building fell into disrepair but the huge window arches stand intact and you can wander inside to admire the architecture. A number of benches are dotted around the priory, providing a peaceful location to relax, overlooking the gravestones. When viewed from the river, the sun sets behind it, throwing the ruins into beautiful silhouette.

What else is here?

The priory is not the only attraction. Bolton Abbey has 30,000 acres of countryside to discover and the parkland here is one of the most beautiful places to explore in the Yorkshire Dales. Ideal for keen walkers, there are around 80 miles of footpaths and a variety of woodland, riverside and moorland habitats to enjoy. It’s great for wildlife, so keep your eyes peeled for otters on the river, woodpeckers in the trees, grouse on the moors and even buzzards soaring overhead.

The estate has a lot to offer visitors; during your walk you’ll cross pretty bridges over the Wharfe and pass the old 16th century hunting lodge, Barden Tower. The challenging stepping stones that cross the river close to the priory ruins are synonymous with Bolton Abbey and they’re always fun for youngsters (though do go careful as you cross the water!). Slightly upstream from the stepping stones you will even find a little beach which children love and, being so close to the famous ruins, it makes for a beautiful picnic spot too.

Eat and drink

There are a number of little tea rooms and restaurants dotted around the estate if you fancy a pick-me-up cuppa, or something more substantial. There are freshly baked sweet and savoury treats in the tea rooms and fresh, seasonal produce used when possible. There are also a few little shops on site if you want to grab a souvenir or two.

On the website you can take a look at the interactive map to get your bearings.

How to get here

Bolton Abbey is towards the southern border of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. It can be reached from the B6160 and there is parking here too:

The Strid Wood tea rooms and car park can be found with the postcode BD23 6AN

The Village Car Park (for main access to the ruins, steppingstones, shop etc) can be found with the postcode BD23 6EX

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Author: Luci Ackers

Luci loves getting out and about for a good cycle ride or easy-going walks in the countryside, and thoroughly enjoyed the time she previously spent working for the National Trust. Her love of writing started from a young age and on rainy days nothing beats curling up in a secret corner with a good book.

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