The ancient and popular North Yorkshire town of Skipton is one that is well loved by walkers in the area and tourists of all ages, for this is one of the most beautiful and overlooked parts of the United Kingdom. Skipton is located just to the south of the majestic Yorkshire Dales and is something of a gateway to this amazing landscape, while the town itself has much in the way of attractions and history to boast of. The nearby A65 trunk road brings visitors to Skipton and the town has more than adequate rail links with major cities across the region, and rail travel is well worth a mention where town is concerned as the journey from Skipton Carlisle takes travellers across the magnificent Ribblehead Viaduct on what is acknowledged as one of the most beautiful railway journeys in the country.
Bolton Abbey, Skipton BD23 6EX (01756) 718009
Bolton Abbey is quite literally set in its own small county. Nestling in just under 30,000 acres of the Yorkshire Dales and laced with just over 80 miles of public footpaths; Bolton Abbey is a wonderful place to explore.
Highlights include the ruins of a 12th Century priory, remnants of a 16th Century hunting lodge, and ‘The Strid’; a series of potholes that have formed a deep water chasm.