Bolton Abbey Twenty Years Ago

by David Murray on 15 November 2011

in Wharfedale, Yorkshire Dales

This past weekend I was sifting through some old (pre-digital) photographs – prints and 35mm slides – when I came across a picture of Bolton Abbey in the Yorkshire Dales taken somewhere around 1991. A few weeks back I blogged about this very special part of Wharfedale but didn’t at that time have anything like a panoramic scene to show, so I’m putting this one up here to give people who’ve never been there some idea of the general appearance of the area.

Bolton Abbey - Wharfedale - Yorkshire Dales

Bolton Abbey - General View - c1991

It’s a pity the picture isn’t sharper (it was scanned from a print) but it shows the open spaces leading down to the River Wharfe, with part of the ruined priory in the distance. On this particular day there were considerable crowds, but the area open for walking and picnicking is so large that popularity doesn’t spoil it. With 80 miles of footpaths on a 30,000 acre estate there’s plenty of opportunity to get away from it all.

Just behind the point from which the photograph was taken is a cafe and shops in the old cottages, with a car park just a couple of hundred yards away. Further along the road is another entrance with a long driveway down to the other end of main site a mile or so beyond the old church buildings.

This is wonderful Yorkshire Dales countryside. If you’re in the area, don’t miss it.

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Peter Carroll November 16, 2011 at 00:15

Hi David,
It was very interesting reading your blog about the history of Bolton Abbey, it really is such a fantastic location in the heart of The Yorkshire Dales, i was down there myself a while back, but hoping to return soon.

Here is a link to a photo i taken when i visited Bolton Abbey in winter time,

Great site, great read.

David Murray November 16, 2011 at 11:32

Thanks Pete. A beautiful photo of the priory from an unusual angle.
– David –

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