Bolton Castle

Bolton Castle

Yorkshire Dales

Route: Aysgarth Falls and Bolton Castle

Area: Yorkshire Dales

Date of walk: 4th August 2016

Walkers: Andrew

Distance: 9.6 miles

Ascent: 1,000 feet

Weather: Mixed cloud and sunshine

I parked at the Aysgarth Falls National Park Centre, a perfect place to see the awesome waterfalls along the River Ure and in turn visited the Upper, Middle and Lower Falls. From the last of these I headed gently uphill across Wensleydale to Bolton Castle, another highlight of this walk

There’s much to see at this historic place, and it merits a much longer visit than I had time for today, but there was a walk to be done and with some reluctance I set off along a very windy Ellerlands Ridge, with superb long distance views over Wensleydale, gradually descending back into the valley to the village of Carperby

A large herd of cows with calves in a very narrow field caused me to retrace my steps back to the village but luckily there’s another parallel path which circumvents this obstacle and from here it was a short but delightful walk through typical Dales countryside back to the start

It had been a superb walk – roaring waterfalls, huge views, an ancient castle, old stone barns and much more – and I’d happily repeat it tomorrow

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