When the sun is out there are few places better, an historic estate with picturesque views of the Yorkshire Dales. The popular tourist attraction has a lot to offer visitors including walking routes for all ages and 30,000 acres of open space for the whole family to explore. Take a picnic, sit and relax while the kids paddle, walk across the River Wharf over the stepping stones. Last weekend I caught the Dales Bus from Leeds bus station and within an hour I was admiring the scenery of the Yorkshire Dales.
I am going to miss this part of the world when I start my travels, but it will always be home, no matter where I settle down in the future.
Bolton Abbey information
On arrival I recommend a visit to the visitor centre where you can purchase a mini guide for only £1.50. Within the guide you’ll find various walking routes, which is very handy. For beginners, the 2 mile walk takes an hour from Bolton Abbey village to Cavendish Pavilion and back, or, for experienced walkers, the route from Cavendish Pavilion to Simon’s Seat via the Valley of Desolation, is just over 8 miles and takes four hours.
If you’re driving then it costs £7 (£8 on event days or Summer season) per vehicle. For a quick bite to eat and drink then the Cavendish Pavilion is a good place to visit, it’s right next to the river, and has a good selection of hot and cold drinks, sandwiches and hot food. You’ll also find a selection of restaurants, pubs and tea rooms in the village. What amazed me, was considering how many people visit the area, the grounds were immaculately kept, I didn’t notice any litter, which is incredible and a credit to the staff and volunteers.
For more information visit the Bolton Abbey website.