The beautiful Bolton Abbey photos taken by Les Hutton show why the Bolton Abbey Estate and Strid Wood walk are so popular with visitors from all over the world.

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Bolton Abbey - The picturesque ruins of Bolton Abbey seen through the trees from across the River Wharfe
Bolton Abbey – The picturesque ruins of Bolton Abbey seen through the trees from across the River Wharfe

Historic Charm of Bolton Abbey

Bolton Abbey, technically a priory – an Augustinian Priory – was established in 1154 beside the River Wharfe between Ilkley and Burnsall. The owner of Skipton Castle at the time, Lady Alice de Romille, gave the land to Augustinian priests and their Prior to build a priory. After four hundred years, in 1539, the priory became a victim of the dissolution of the monasteries brought about by King Henry VIII.

Nestled in the picturesque Yorkshire Dales, Bolton Abbey is a captivating destination that blends natural beauty, rich history, and architectural splendor. This historic site offers visitors a chance to immerse themselves in stunning landscapes, explore ancient ruins, and indulge in a tranquil retreat. Uncover the allure of Bolton Abbey and discover why it remains a must-visit destination in Yorkshire.

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Bolton Abbey - The picturesque ruins of Bolton Abbey seen through the trees from across the River Wharfe
Bolton Abbey – The picturesque ruins of Bolton Abbey seen through the trees from across the River Wharfe
Bolton Abbey - The Pavillion tea rooms offer refreshment for the visitors and is seen here from across the River Wharfe
Bolton Abbey – The Pavillion tea rooms offer refreshment for the visitors and is seen here from across the River Wharfe
Bolton Abbey - Cemetery The ancient ruins of Bolton Abbey preside over equally ancient headstones and tombs in the peaceful cemetery
Bolton Abbey – The ancient ruins of Bolton Abbey preside over equally ancient headstones and tombs in the peaceful cemetery
Bolton Abbey - Stepping Stones across the River Wharfe are an interesting challenge to cross.
Bolton Abbey – Stepping Stones across the River Wharfe are an interesting challenge to cross.
Bolton Abbey - This tree near Barden Tower  makes a pretty picture as it dips its roots into the River Wharfe in the Yorkshire Dales
Bolton Abbey – This tree near Barden Tower makes a pretty picture as it dips its roots into the River Wharfe in the Yorkshire Dales
Bolton Abbey Turners Barden View. William Turner, the nineteenth century artist painted this view from a pencil drawing he made when visiting the area in the summer of 1808.
Bolton Abbey Turners Barden View. William Turner, the nineteenth century artist painted this view from a pencil drawing he made when visiting the area in the summer of 1808.

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A Window into History


Bolton Abbey boasts a fascinating history that dates back over 800 years. Originally founded in 1154, the abbey was once a thriving monastery until its dissolution in 1539. Today, visitors can wander through the extensive ruins and gain insight into the lives of the monks who once called this place home. The beautifully preserved architecture, including the towering nave and graceful arches, is a testament to the abbey’s former grandeur.

Bolton Abbey -Natural Splendour


Surrounded by 30,000 acres of idyllic countryside, Bolton Abbey offers breathtaking views that capture the essence of the Yorkshire Dales. The River Wharfe meanders through the estate, creating a picturesque setting perfect for peaceful walks and picnics. Exploring the woodland trails reveals hidden waterfalls, charming bridges, and a wealth of flora and fauna. The tranquil atmosphere provides a welcome escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Bolton Abbey – Activities for All


Bolton Abbey caters to a wide range of interests and age groups. Families can enjoy a leisurely stroll along the Riverside Path, perfect for spotting wildlife and enjoying a picnic by the water’s edge. Adventurers can tackle the more challenging hiking trails that lead to breathtaking viewpoints such as the famous Strid Wood. The estate also offers horse riding, fishing, and a children’s playground, ensuring there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Bolton Abbey – Events and Attractions


Throughout the year, Bolton Abbey hosts an array of events and attractions that enhance the visitor experience. From guided walks and nature trails to historical reenactments and seasonal festivals, there is always something happening at this remarkable site. The Christmas market, held annually, enchants visitors with its festive cheer, while the summer concert series treats attendees to live music amidst the stunning surroundings.

Bolton Abbey in Yorkshire offers a captivating blend of history, natural beauty, and a wide range of activities, making it a must-visit destination for all.

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