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    Bolton Abbey and Barden Moor Walk

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    19.8 km
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    527 m
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    Bolton Abbey and Barden Moor Walk

    The Bolton Abbey and Barden Moor Walk is a long, but beautifully scenic journey that allows you to experience some classic Yorkshire Dales landscapes. Along the trail, you will traverse Barden Moor on the way to the Lower and Upper Barden reservoirs before following the winding banks of the River Wharfe back to the trailhead. This area is also known for its wildlife, so keep an eye out for grouse and various birds of prey that can be found here.

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    Route Description for Bolton Abbey and Barden Moor Walk

    Popular with long-distance walkers looking to explore the stunning landscape of Yorkshire Dales National Park, the Bolton Abbey and Barden Moor Walk is a fascinating route that will take you through charming riverside settings and the rugged landscape of the moor.

    The overall length of the route will likely deter some less-experienced walkers; however, the trail itself isn’t really all that challenging. Setting out from the village of Bolton Abbey, you will head northwest across the open fields before transitioning onto the barren landscape of the moor.

    After passing by the calm waters of the Upper and Lower Barden reservoirs, you will pass by the historic Barden Tower that dates back to the late 15th Century and was used as a hunting lodge and later a garrison during the Jacobite uprisings. From here, you will follow along the scenic banks of the River Wharfe, passing by the Bolton Priory on the return to the car park.

    Getting to the Bolton Abbey and Barden Moor Walk Trailhead

    To reach the trailhead for the Bolton Abbey and Barden Moor Walk from Addingham, drive north on Bolton Road for 3.5 km and take the second exit at the roundabout onto B6160. Follow this for 1.1 km and turn left to enter the car park.

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