History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
Evidence of circular potholes can still be seen on the top surface of the riverside rocks.
The name Strid is said to come from the two banks of the river being a 'stride' apart. They may be, but only if your stride is extremely long!
The Strid lies within Strid Wood, a Site of Special Scientific Interest. Strid Wood is what is known as acidic oak woodland, and is a lovely place to see bluebells in Spring. Colour coded nature trails run throughout Strid Wood, and a rail can be taken along the Wharf to the ruins of Bolton Abbey priory.
An old story says that nearby Bolton Priory (generally called Bolton Abbey) was founded by Lady Alice de Rumilly in remorse after her son and heir, the Boy of Egremont, was killed after falling into the Strid. It sounds good, but the fact that the son's name appears on the deed granting Augustinian monks the land to build the priory rather puts the damper on the tale!
About The Strid
Address: Bolton Abbey, Yorkshire, England
Attraction Type: Countryside
Location: Accessible on foot from Strid Wood or Sandholme car parks off the B6160. Part of the Bolton Abbey estate.
Website: The Strid
The Strid Photos
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
Bolton Abbey - 1.6 miles (Abbey)
Parcevall Hall Gardens - 2.7 miles (Garden)
Skipton Castle - 5.3 miles (Castle)
East Riddlesden Hall - 9 miles (Historic House)
Gordale Scar - 10.4 miles (Countryside)
Janet's Foss - 10.4 miles (Countryside)
Brimham Rocks - 10.6 miles (Countryside)
Farnley Hall - 10.9 miles (Historic Building)
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