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Jul 3, 2022 at 08:30

Parbold and District Ramblers

Bolton abbey and the Strid

Sunday 3 July 2022

Meet at Parbold shops at 8.30, with walk starting at 10.00

The walk of 7 miles starts at the Church Car Park (Fee£15) Post Code BD236EX


Go on to M6 North, and then take M65 to the end at Colne,

Follow signs for Skipton and Harrogate (A56)

Follow A56 for 7 miles

At a roundabout take 2nd exit onto the A59 s/p Leeds/ Harrogate.

At the 3rd roundabout, in about 10 miles Take 1st exit s/p Bolton Abbey. Within a short distance you will pass the Devonshire Hotel on the right, then you will find our destination (Church Car Park) on the left.


OS Exlorer OL2 Yorkshire Dales. Grid Ref SE071539 Riverside Tracks .No Stiles , About 4 hours.


At the Car Park and Cavendish Pavilion.

The Walk

Our walk takes us up one side of the river to Barden Bridge and back down the other side. At the Strid the River Wharfe thunders through a narrow gorge between rocks. The river is fast flowing here and is 30 feet deep. After crossing the river at Barden Bridge we return down the other side to pass the Strid again and are able to get a closer look at its power.

We then pass the Cavendish Pavilion (Refreshments and toilets are available here)

On the recce we encountered many birds and wild life including a large bird with 2 chicks sunning themselves on a rock in the river. After puzzling what they were, a passing walker, noting our ignorance, told us it was a merganser, confirmed later at home with my field guide. You are never too old to learn. Enjoy the walk, you are responsible for your own safety!

If you need a lift, give Jim Kelly a ring on 01257 463057. We need to fill all the cars, to share the car park fee.

Walk Leader Joe Halsall 07973297801, Bernard Halsall 07789965944


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