This weekend Hip2Trek visited Bolton Abbey and here are the 7 reasons we love it.
1) Nostalgia! I grew up not far from Bolton Abbey, so family outings and School trips were often here and I know the area quite well. I love being able to now take my own children and see their little faces as we enjoy a similar day out.
2) The Stepping Stones – No visit to Bolton Abbey is complete without at least having a look at the stepping stones across the river. Some days the water is too deep to make the crossing! Last year my husband and then 7 year old had a go and did make it across without getting wet feet. The view from the far bank across to the ruins of the Abbey is stunning and many photographers have captured the glorious setting.
4) Great Walks – A small stroll along the river or more of a hike there are plenty of footpaths and routes you can take whilst at Bolton Abbey. We quite often do a little loop and depending on the kids legs can change the route accordingly. As the kids are getting bigger and we’re getting fitter the route is getting longer. Some of the paths are suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs. When my son was a baby we once took our sturdy pushchair around some of the paths as he squealed in delight!
Next on my walk list in the Valley of Desolation and Simon’s seat. I can’t believe I’ve never been there!
5) Fab facilities – With a number of carparks, shops, cafes and tea rooms there are plenty of places to keep you fed watered and comfortable. On sunny days there are often mobile ice cream vans on the meadows.
6) Wide open spaces – One of my favourite places for a picnic is on the banks of the river. There’s plenty of room even on the busiest days and you can even take a BBQ if you park in the special areas of the car park. There’s plenty of room for the kids to run safely around without having to hang onto you the whole time.
All views are my own and I have received no incentive to write this.
Have you ever been to Bolton Abbey? Or have you a walk suggestion for me? Let me know in the comments or come say hi on my facebook page.