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Bolton Abbey is the perfect destination to enjoy the great outdoors on a family day-out and it is also a walkers paradise. You can wander across the moors or along woodland and riverside trails and can then enjoy some well-earnt afternoon tea.
Gemm, who is born and bred in Yorkshire and runs the Little Miss Yorkshire blog, says her favourite walk in autumn is on the grounds of Bolton Abbey.
“My all-time favourite autumnal walk has to be Bolton Abbey, walking from the Cavendish up through Strid Wood.
“Bolton Abbey in the Yorkshire Dales is a private estate with an abundance of stunning walks to enjoy but this one tops them all.
“The route is accessible for all as there is a wide, flat, well-stoned path which is suitable for prams and wheelchairs. The route is a linear route, 1 mile in each direction.
“The path follows the River Wharfe upstream to the famous Strid. This natural narrowing of the rocks causes the water to force through at high velocity. The area is a fascinating yet dangerous place so don’t get too close to the edge.
“The trees surrounding the path really come alive at this time of year and the colours are simply beautiful. For little ones, there is an annual Halloween walk too with scary props placed along the route.
“The walk can be extended to Barden Bridge and then return on the other side if you wanted a longer walk, but this section is not as accessible.
“No autumnal walk would be complete without a hot chocolate which can be bought at the Cavendish Pavilion next to the riverside car park.”
Fun Fact: In 1810 the 6th Duke of Devonshire and the Rev. William Carr opened Strid Wood and invited the public to walk the paths they created.
Richmond circular walk
Length of walk: approx. 5 miles