Saturday, 21 October 2017

Early Autumn at Bolton Abbey

Hello there!
This afternoon Hubbie & I enjoyed a beautiful walk in autumnal woodland locally and it reminded me that I hadn't shared these photos with you from another lovely walk we took a few weeks back! On one of our days down in Yorkshire we decided to go explore Bolton Abbey. This 33,000 acre estate is mentioned in the Domesday Book and it has changed hands several times down through the centuries; since 1755 it has been the domain of the Devonshire family and is still the Yorkshire seat of the 12th Duke of Devonshire. We parked in the village car park and walked through to explore the Priory first. Founded in 1154 part of the buildings have been ruins since the 1500's...


...but one part is still a fully functional church...



These beautiful stained glass windows were in the north facing wall...


...and this beautiful mural was above the altar...


High in the roof of the lobby I spotted a white Yorkshire Rose in the center of the ceiling...


This beautiful stone cross was one of the memorials outside...


We walked down to the riverbank and crossed by the bridge - it had rained heavily the night before and there was far too much water to use the stepping stones today! Can you see where some of them are disturbing the flow of the river?


We picked the path which climbed up into the woods and were soon rewarded with this magnificent view looking back across to the Priory...


It was warm but signs of early autumn were all around us and the path continued to climb through the woodland...


In the dappled sunshine this mossy wall seemed to glow...


There were quite a few benches along the way but, due to the rain, they were pretty wet, so when we spotted this little stone shelter we decided this was our picnic spot ...


It turned out to have a spectacular view through the trees to the river below!


After our lunch we walked on until we could see through the last few trees on our right to open fields and the moors beyond...


A little further ahead of us the woodland thinned and we saw the river again...


The path descended to the grassy banks and we crossed the river at this rather grand turreted bridge. It is an aqueduct and apparently the pipe carrying water from reservoirs at Nidderdale to the towns and cities of west Yorkshire is hidden in the stone work...


On the other side the path followed the river downstream, back into woodland, and soon bringing us to The Strid. At this point the fast flowing 30ft wide river narrows dramatically and in places it really does look like you could jump across, but, as lots of warning signs tell you, people have lost their lives here. The banks are extremely undercut by the water and underneath them lie caverns and tunnels, no one is certain of the extent of these or the depth of the water at this point and no one who has fallen in here has been recovered. It really looks quite innocent on the surface doesn't it?


Below this the river widened again and the path continued down through Strid Wood, an ancient woodland and SSSI. We emerged from the trees at the Cavendish Pavilion which was bustling with people enjoying refreshments in the late afternoon sunshine. On this side of the river the bank was open and grassy and we had sweeping views downstream....


Finally the path started to climb above a large lazy bend in the river...


...and we enjoyed our last views of the Priory before reaching the road leading back to the village and the car park...


It really was a beautiful day and I hope you enjoyed coming along with me!












4 comments:

  1. Really enjoying seeing this again, Helen. Beautiful pictures.

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    1. Thanks Aunt Nancy! It was a really pretty part of the UK and we had a lovely holiday. Hope all is good with you and the family? Sending hugs,
      Helen xox

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  2. Gorgeous photos of a beautiful part of our country.

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    1. Thanks Jo! Yes Yorkshire was really pretty and definitely worth a visit! Have a great week,
      Helen

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