We live about 20 minutes from one of the most spectacular sights in Yorkshire; The stunning grounds of Bolton Abbey Estate. I remember heading here as a child with my brother and Nana and paddling in the river then daringly crossing the stepping stones and having a picnic in the sunshine.
With some visitors to Yorkshire staying with us, a visit to Bolton Abbey was top of the list, especially since the sun was shining high in the sky and we had a bucket BBQ to test out.
Situation just north of Ilkley and Skipton in Wharfedale, North Yorkshire, the site has the ruins of a 12th-century Augustinian monastery. As well as the priory, there is a small village with cafes and shops, loads of walking trails and a fairly new Welly Walk for the little ones.
We parked in the village car park, but ended up walking to the Riverside car park as that is the only place where you are allowed to have a BBQ. If you want to BBQ, then definitely park there in the first place as it is a bit of a walk for little legs.
The water was chilly but pretty clear and there were tons of families cooling down in the afternoon sun. We did the rather brilliant Welly Walk which looks like it is only on until October 2016. There are series of obstacles in the woods which challenge big and little kids. Chiplet loved the snake maze – where you had to turn back if there was a snake in your way.
I loved being able to take my son to a place that meant so much to me as a child and really wish my Mum and Nana were still around to see the joy on his face when he was skimming stones and paddling. I think perhaps carrying him across the stepping stones whilst 14 weeks pregnant wasn’t the wisest move… I got a bit wobbly in the middle – didn’t realise how far apart the stones were to be honest until I got halfway across.
We will definitely be heading back later in the summer with Grandparents in tow and another BBQ and picnic.