Bolton Abbey is beautifully situated upon the banks of the River Wharfe, in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. We had been told it offers the most tremendous variety of activities for the family to enjoy. So, we packed our wellies, fishing nets, picnic and dogs into the car ( oh, and the children too ) and off we went to explore Bolton Abbey for ourselves.
Day out at Bolton Abbey
The view that greeted us as we drove down to the car park at Bolton Abbey was stunning. The glorious River Wharfe to our left – beautiful sparkling waters, rich with wildlife. The magnificent ruins of the Abbey ahead in the distance. The car park itself was full of families enjoying the wonderful weather. Parents watching children paddling in the gentle flowing river, some cooking on portable BBQ’s , others on rugs enjoying picnics. Some riding bikes, others playing ball with the dog. All generations basking in the sunshine and looking thoroughly relaxed.
We were so lucky with the weather, it was a glorious, hot and sunny day and the children could not wait to go paddling in the river, exploring for tadpoles and feeding the friendly ducks. The dogs also thoroughly enjoyed a refreshing swim! Princess D spent an age hunting for fancy stones in the water while Petrolhead A set about building a mini dam. They were so content and thoroughly engrossed in their activities that I was able to sit in the sun, not taking my eyes off them, of course, but relaxing all the same.
We headed on over to explore the abbey, a bit of a walk but the views along the way are worth it. The abbey remains are magnificent and really capture your imagination as you think about times gone by. The whole site is immaculately kept.
Near the Abbey is a little van selling ice cream and drinks. As we sat and enjoyed our refreshments others enjoyed a game of rounders, some were practicing hand stands and just ahead of us a baby was learning to crawl.
Bolton Abbey Walks
Before embarking on the welly walk, we had to negotiate the infamous stepping stones across the River Wharfe. Well, when I say we had to, we didn’t , we could have crossed the bridge in a sensible and sophisticated manner – but where is the fun in that?!
The main problem was that as well as a picnic bag and two children to safely get across, I also had two small dogs. Now, said dogs do enjoy a little swim as much as the next pup. But, it is quite a long way across, deep in places, with a fairly strong current half way across. So I had to cross, with an old, cantankerous and rather over weight Jack Russell under one arm, a picnic bag on my back whilst holding the hand of an over excited 6 yo. Frankly, I was slightly disappointed not to receive a medal or at least a small applause for crossing without incident. It was so traumatic we did it again. Three times.
Sincerest thanks to Bolton Abbey for inviting us to review their beautiful site
If you are looking for other fabulous things to Yorkshire, have a look at Yorkshire Tots and Teens Bucket List Guide.