Strid Wood & Barden Bridge at Bolton Abbey

Earlier this week, (the day the sun shone for the first time and we could finally liken it to a Summers day), it felt only right to rearrange my work schedule and take off outdoors.  Having passed Strid Wood many a time on the way to Burnsall and Grassington, I decided to stop this time and explore.

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Thought I hadn’t planned to blog about my time, I so enjoyed the hours there and wanted to share.  The outdoor buffs among you will enjoy and probably already frequent these parts – I’m just last to the party… again.

Strid Wood is part of the Bolton Abbey Estate.  In short, a walk from the main car park at Bolton Abbey along the river or through the woods, eventually brings you to the Cavendish Pavillion ↓…

Strid Wood is a walk further on from that.  Keep going and you reach Barden Bridge.PenultimateFullSizeRender

FullSizeRender 183My day began at Strid Wood car park.  There’s an entry fee (Bolton Abbey Estate entry) but I evaluated it was worth paying for the day I had.  A small tea rooms with outdoor seating provides an alternative watering hole to the other potentially busier eateries at Bolton Abbey.

Strid Wood to Barden Bridge is under a mile.  It is easy terrain and runs along the river.IMG_1543IMG_1544

There’s an aqueduct you pass through en route – don’t mistake it for Barden Bridge if you don’t know what you’re looking for as I did.

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Barden Bridge ↓ is a great spot to take a break by the river.  There is also a small car park, outside of the Bolton Abbey Estate for those not wanting to pay the entrance fees.  That said, I think you’d be pushed to get a spot so save the hassle; park, pay and get on with the day.  Sitting here with a book was sheer tranquility.

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There is then a path that winds the other side of the river all the way past The Strid to the Cavendish Pavillion (about 2.3 miles).  This walk is absolutely beautiful and so picturesque.

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Bluebells adorned the banks and the sunlight danced in and out of the trees.

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It’s hard to capture the light adequately here, but through these tall tall trees, it was simply magnificent.IMG_1581FullSizeRender 189 IMG_1587

Though we’ve visited Bolton Abbey on numerous occasions, the Cavendish Pavillion is as far as we’ve ever been; it’s always a fun walk for the kids and a reasonable circular route.  Parking at Strid Woods could easily be its own day out and gives the option for a separate circuit.  I visited Monday morning when the dog walkers and… shall we say ‘older clientele’ were enjoying their strolls so didn’t see any children on my travels and thought it’d be a perfect circuit to run next time!

You can  visit the Bolton Abbey website for more info here.

Happy gadding people!




4 Comments on “Strid Wood & Barden Bridge at Bolton Abbey

  1. Lovely words & photos 😊 You may be interested to learn there’s a 5 mile run around the Bolton Abbey estate planned on Monday 20th June in aid of the Sue Ryder foundation. Look up Solstice Saunter on Facebook or google for more info 😀

  2. Thank you for your kind words, I’m so glad you had a fantastic day. Being the manager of Stridwood tearooms I feel honoured that you prefer our carpark and walks to the others, which I must point out are equally beautiful. X

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