To visit Bolton Priory is free, but it costs £4 to park in the Priory car park. Canny eh? But not a problem, I realised we'd probably got our money's worth when I saw the deep the muddy grooves our campervan had made in the grass as we parked. [Sneaky chuckle].
Paid and parked we started on our planned 8 mile walk by crossing the road over to the Bolton Priory site. Then we stopped walking and had a wander around the Priory ruins.
I found it quite fascinating that half the priory was a ruin, and the other half was being used as a church. We would have wandered into the church for a look, but there was a wedding on. I looked, but I'm pretty sure they weren't gonna let us in.
Having sated our appetite for the old masonry and roofless buildings, we had another go at starting our walk. First we crossed the River Wharfe, using the conveniently provided bridge.
|Look carefully at this picture. There's something missing, only it isn't. This caused real confusion later on.|
At Posforth Bridge, we turned off to follow a track into The Valley of Desolation. All the trees got blown down here in a terrible storm in 1826, making the little valley very desolate, (that's how it got its name see), 'cept it's not very desolate really, because it's been a long time since 1826 and all the trees have grown back.
|I really liked this magnificent and slighly quirky oak tree|
We sat and had our lunch here, in a glade in the wood overlooking the waterfall. The sun came out and kept us company for half an hour too. How nice.
It was odd inside, because there wasn't a big stained glass over the altar end. The wall separating the ruined part of the Priory from this church wouldn't have been there before, and the Nave would have continued on into the Choir and the Chancel.
And then it was back to the van where we changed out of our boots, felt ever so slightly guilty about the dents in the ground and set off for home. We'd walked 7 1/2 miles and 1300 ft of up, so not a difficult walk. (Unless you take a detour through the heather).
Here's a map of the intended route:
Back at the Ranch...............
Later on we were looking at the photo's. Take a look at this one again:
Now we know where the Stepping Stones are!