Friday, 11 May 2018

This time two years ago... Bolton Abby




Many of you will have visited some part of the Bolton Abby estate over the years and quite familiar with it's landscape, buildings and lovely walks .

I have not been about much on blog land but this does not mean I have not been out... 
Last year I got a E-Bike, but this year I have fallen in love with riding again. Starting out managing to go 7 miles even with the bike assisting me to going out most days from 10 miles to over 30.. I often don't take my camera as i love the freedom of riding. 




But today the bike stayed at home and after the busy Bank holiday I made the trip to Bolton Abby. Parking at Barden Bridge (cost me ten pounds!) Turns out I went two years ago to see the Pied flycatcher on the 10th of May 2016.



A little bit cooler today after the heat we have had... spent a very pleasant four hours just wandering up and down the river.


Starting out at the bridge, which I had not realised was actually a  Aqueduct.



The large turreted bridge which crosses the River Wharfe north of Strid Wood is the aqueduct. The splendid castellations hide the pipe that carries water from the reservoirs at the top of Nidderdale to the cities of West Yorkshire.

The bridge provides the perfect place to cross the river if you wish to shorten the Strid Wood to Barden Bridge circular route.(LINK)

The Dippers like this stretch of the river.



Two young chicks
Common sandpiper


Greater Stitchwort 

 Wood sorrel (Oxalis acetosella)
Rocky walk down to the Strid


The walk through the woods gives you great views of the river Wharf that runs through the Bolton Abby estate .
It was so nice seeing the Bluebells in the dappled sunlight, photos of wood filed Bluebells never seem to capture the real beauty.


Amongst the Bluebells there were many other wildflowers to be spotted.

Toothwort 
Toothwort (Lathraea squamaria )

This early flowering plant is parasitic on the roots of trees particularly Corylus avellana (Hazel) and Ulmus sp. (Elm). It isn't common in the north of Scotland or the extremes of east and west in England but in Northern England.

Opposite-leaved Golden-saxifrage,Red Campion, Bugle,Forget-me-not,Water Avens, Ramsons,
Violets.

Lady's Smock (or Cuckoo flower)






Cavendish Bridge
           
Cavendish Pavilion

A well needed break of (expensive) coffee and a sandwich.

Grey Wagtail
I walked over the Cavendish Bridge and followed the river back , you end back at the aqueduct bridge (about 2.5 miles) or you can carry on to Barden Towers. I have never walked this way before.




This is the highest part of the walk back looking down on the Strid, all the way I was on the look out for a flycatcher.

Pied flycatcher




The pied flycatcher is a small, flycatching bird, slightly smaller than a house sparrow. The male is mostly black on the upperparts and white underneath, with a bold white patch on the folded wing. Females are browner.

It is a summer visitor and breeds mainly in western areas, spending the winter in West Africa.
(LINK)



Male Redstart 
Ducklings 
Barden Towers

Standing on the bridge looking up and down the river.


 
I had a lovely four hours here, felt I had had my moneys worth (parking) as it had been such a lovely day.

If you have been before I do hope it brought some lovely memories back, if not been you can see it is a beautiful place to visit.



17 comments:

  1. What a super post Amanda and a great day out - yes you did bring back happy memories of our visit there although we didn't walk as far as you!! Car park sounds expensive - I think we parked in one of the Bolton Abbey ones (near that great secondhand bookshop) to walk to the Abbey and then another further alone lane nearer to the Strid - I don't think it was £10 though!

    So envious of the Dipper, Redstart and Pied Flycatcher sightings - your photos are just great. Also loved seeing all the wild flowers you found on your walk.

    It is such a lovely area and you are fortunate to live close enough to visit. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful place.

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    1. Thanks RR, glad you had fond memories of your visit. Once you have payed your money (ten pound for the car) you can drive and park in the other two they have for free, to be fair it is for all day.
      We are very lucky to have Dippers on most of our rivers in Yorkshire.
      Amanda xx

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  2. Good for you on getting out and biking! Thanks for sharing highlights of the amazing views and the wildflowers and wildlife. That little flycatcher is so cute!

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    1. Thanks Beth, I did think of you when I was naming my flowers...
      Amanda xx

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  3. Oh Amanda, how busy you have been taking exercise on your bike! And yes, I have been (twice) to Bolton Abbey - such a glorious site. Your photos of the young Dippers are brilliant! I believe I only ever once seen a Redstart, and that was in Wales. I have rarely seen Pied Flycatchers, though we know a spot (now a long way from our home) that they seem to favour. We saw Toothwort recently in Suffolk for the first time: I remember finding a small shoot of it as a child when we were having wildflower memory tests at junior school. What a strange plant it is! A lovely post with all that blue sky!

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    1. Thank you Caroline for your kind words, we do well with Dippers, the young chicks are well camouflaged on the banking. But they make so much noise calling for food , you can spot them.
      Strange plant the Toothwort, this is the only place I have found it so far.
      Amanda xx

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  4. Thanks for sharing & yes, I've been to Bolton Abbey. It is somewhere we head to after arriving in Leeds, on our visits to UK, as it clears the jetlag & cobwebs. Have a great weekend & take care.

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    1. Thank you Susan for leaving a lovely comment, I think once people have been here they never forget the place.
      Amanda xx

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  5. Hello, what a nice outing. I like the pretty bridge. The birds are all wonderful, my favorites are the Dippers and chicks. I am sorry to be so late commenting. Have a happy day and weekend ahead.

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    1. Thank you Eileen for the lovely comment, do not worry about commenting late...
      Amanda xx

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  6. Hi Amanda I love your pictures. They remind me of the many camping trips we have enjoyed at nearby Appletreewick and our walks along the river to Bolton Abbey. Have always been fortunate to see Dippers and Goosander. I look for the pied flycatchers but have never been fortunate enough to spot any. Oneday! Thanks for the wild flower ids. Especially toothwort. :)

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    1. Thanks Shazza for the lovely comment, the whole area is lovely for walks and camping, once you spot the first one you find them all over. May is a good time to go as they are out singing and not all the trees are covered in leaves. Toothwort is a very odd plant and was so pleased to find it here, high up on the wood walk it will have been passed by hundreds of people who did not even know it was there.
      Amanda xx

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  7. Lovely photos, we probably did see the same birds :) I do love visiting here, it's such a beautiful place to walk. We always do a circular walk either starting at the Cavendish Pavillion or at Barden Bridge. Also thank you, you just helped ID some of the flowers we saw! xx

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    1. Thanks Pam, as I usually go on my own I wish the parking was a little cheaper as I would go more often. Great place for flowers, mosses and birds.
      Amanda xx

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  8. Great set of images Amanda. Wonderful to see the Pied Flycatcher and Dipper, If only.:))

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    1. Thanks Roy, I know you don't often get to see these birds, one day they might move down...
      Amanda xx

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  9. This post made me want to revisit Bolton Abbey! I always enjoy a walk there and see lots of different birds. You saw a great range of flowers too :)

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