What to do in and around Bolton Abbey

Within 10 minutes drive (or a short walk)

Visit Bolton Abbey station and see their collection of oil lamps.

Drive the gated (and metalled) road across the fields to The Yorkshire Dales Ice Cream Parlour and try a coffee or ice cream in the Cape Cod style diner.

Go up to Victoria View and enjoy the landscape our grumpy old monarch once viewed and then go down to Embsay for a ride on a steam train.

If it’s raining try some of the many ideas here.

Go over Barden bridge which crosses the River Wharfe.  Park up and walk back and lean over from a pedestrian refuge and look at this


Within 20 minutes drive

Stand in the dark in Skipton Castle dungeons and then have a pork pie from Stanforths Celebrated Pork Pie shop.  If it’s Friday go to the bottom end of the High Street and buy some excellent Fleetwood fish from George’s caravan, he also sells excellent Menai dredged mussels.

Walk to the top of Sharp Haw for an excellent 360 view including the drumlin swarms from the last ice age.  Afterwards relax in The Angel for a meal and glass of local Dark Horse brewery beer.

Within 30 minutes drive

Visit The Folly at Settle, then have a cup of tea in The Naked Man Cafe

Return from Settle via a lunar landscape:…over the moor road to Malham and visit Annabelle Bradley’s blacksmith’s shop.  Beware of the highland cattle!

Many more suggestions for Dales activities here at dalesdiscoveries.