Strenuous Leader: Rowland Nock Distance: 10.5 miles
From the car park we head out across the grounds of Bolton Priory and initially follow the Dales Way besides the beautiful River Wharfe to Posforth Bridge. From here we make our way up Posforth Gill and into The Valley of Desolation (please don’t let this put you off, it’s really really nice). We gently continue our climb onto Barden Fell, finally arriving at Simons Seat to take in the spectacular views overlooking Appletreewick and beyond. Our path then descends gradually to Howgill where we rejoin the Dales Way with a leisurely stroll along the sparkling waters of the River Wharfe taking in Barden Bridge, The Strid, and the Old Pavilion. Finally, we return to the Abbey, where we can reflect on the day with a well-earned tea and tiffin.
Moderate Leader: Maurice Hall Distance : 8 miles
We join the River Wharfe to walk the Dales Way to Barden Bridge, leaving the river at the stepping stones over to Howgill Beck. Crossing Lower Fell Plantation and Land Plantation to Valley of Desolation, then on to Posforth Bridge to rejoin the River Wharfe on to Cavendish Memorial and Bolton Abbey.
Easy Leader: Helen & Sue Distance: approx: 5 miles
We will start our walk from Bolton Abbey by taking the trail that takes us besides the beautiful River Wharfe (hope you have brought bread for the ducks!). From our starting point we will see magnificent views of the Priory. We will walk beside the river, heading towards the narrow gorge at the spectacular Strid. We will then continue to follow the path up into Strid Wood. After lunch we will cross over the river and continue to take in the lovely scenery.