If you’re planning to explore Bolton Abbey during a stay in Skipton then this walk is one of the most exciting ways to do it. The walk starts in Addingham (around a 15 minute drive from Skipton) and you’ll catch your first glimpse of the priory ruins as you follow the route down from Haw Pike’s high point, making it appear even more intriguing.
If you have time, have a look around Addingham before you set off as the historic textile mills are still open to the public. You’ll also find some friendly little pubs and tea rooms for those of you who like to have a sit down and a scone before you set off. Anyway, back to the walk, and one of the suggested routes includes a visit to Chelker Reservoir and Haw Pike.
Look out for the old wind turbines if you visit Chelker Reservoir as they’re something of a contentious issue amidst the local community. There’s an ongoing debate about whether to replace them with new ones or knock the down. If you pass through Beamsley Woods on the return journey you’ll be able to pick up the bankside path and drop back down to the River Wharfe.