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Bolton Abbey and Barden Moor is a 12.3 mile loop trail located near Skipton, North Yorkshire, England that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips.

Distance: 12.3 miles Elevation Gain: 1,578 feet Route Type: Loop

hiking

nature trips

walking

running

lake

views

wildlife

Bolton Abbey is strictly the name of the village with the ruins by the River Wharfe 'The Priory'. It dates from 1154 and was built by Augustinian cannons. At the dissolution of the monasteries in 1539 the nave of the priory was allowed to continue as the parish church of St Mary and St Cuthbert. It was a great day for a walk in the Yorkshire Dales today. The crowds around Bolton Abbey being left behind (until the end) by striking up the bridleway towards the Barden reservoirs. The going is easy with gentle gradients, the tracks on Barden Moor being used by shooting parties and for the maintenance of the reservoirs. Be aware that during August to December some areas are closed for grouse shooting, but not over the weekends. In 1998 the Barden Estate won a Yorkshire Dales environmental award for its management practices. The area is known for its birds of prey. Barden Tower was a hunting lodge of the owners of Skipton Castle in the Forest of Barden and was built in 16th century. "The Strid' is where the River Wharfe becomes narrow where it has worn away the bedrock of Millstone Grit. It is 30ft deep and is wider than it looks. The danger may not be too obvious on a summer's day, but lives have been lost in this narrow passage.

running
muddy
9 days ago

hiking
muddy
2 months ago

Great trail. The initial section just past the wood was almost impassible. The water run-off from the hill collects about midway down and creates a pool of an almost quicksand type material. You can get over it by sticking close to the wall but don't try and walk over it without wellies. There is also a section approaching the High Reservoir that prohibits dogs due to nesting birds, however you can bypass this bit by continuing along the bridle path. Lovely walk.

hiking
muddy
2 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

This is a nice walk taking you up to the reservoirs on the moor. Afterwards dropping down to the river and back towards Bolton Abbey. Great for the dog too.