Bolton Abbey may only be four miles from Skipton, but thanks to its location in the heart of the rolling Yorkshire Dales it feels a world away from everything. Surrounded by 30,000 acres of stunning countryside and prime dog walking territory, the ruined priory makes a dramatic sight and has a history to match.
The 12th century priory peacefully overlooks the river Wharfe beside the parish church, and visitors are more than welcome to take their time exploring both. There are church guides on hand between March and October to answer any questions and provide that local knowledge that brings a place to life, and the seating around the outside of the church makes just the place to take a pew and enjoy the sight of the Dales in the distance.
It’s easy to see why this landscape has inspired more than its share of myth and legend over the centuries, and there are some popular walks along the river and through the woodland to enjoy before you leave. Dogs are welcome on selected pathways, and it’s an idea to pack up a picnic and enjoy it on the banks of the river while you’re there.