Addingham, Beacon Hill and Bolton Priory walk with return via the Dales Way.
3D outline of route
Parking at Addington early on a Monday morning and a good start with a hot bacon buttie from the nearby 'Sandwich Shop'
A familiar church (St Peter's) as we passed this a couple of years ago when walking the Dales Way. I remember thinking that sunny morning, that Addingham looked like a really nice place as we skirted passed it by the river.
Following the path down to the river and across the suspension bridge.
First sight of the River Wharfe.
Passing West Hall.
A short walk along the lane and then it's a right turn into the open countryside.
Looking back on this misty morning towards the West Hall buildings and Addingham.
The path skirts the woodland on the way to Leyland Farm.
Reaching the lane and following it for a short distance before turning right and heading up the track towards Spring Well farm.
This is the track I followed, but a visit to Beamsley Beacon can be easily avoided by staying on the road and cutting it out if preferred. But for me it was one of the highlights of the walk, so it's well worth the effort.
Approaching the top.
Beamsley Beacon summit and what fantastic 360 degree views from the top.
Starting my descent in a westerly direction.
Picking up the country lane again and heading in the direction of the A59 which can be seen in the distance.
The small hamlet of Deerstones is accessed via a bridge over Kex Beck, which is out of shot on this photo.
Looking back in the direction of Deerstones.
After the stillness and quietness of the countryside - I was awaken by the noise of the busy A59. Not quite as bad as crossing the A19 on the Coast to Coast, but caution is still needed to ensure a safe nip across.
Back to the quiet farmland at the tiny farm buildings at Storiths.
Picking up the direct path down to Bolton Abbey.
And there it is appearing through the bare trees without their cloak of green.
There is a choice to be made on how to cross the river- I chose the dry route across the bridge.
Bolton Abbey or is it Bolton Priory ?
Time to pick up the Dales Way and begin the walk back alongside the River Wharfe.
A little bit of road walking is necessary before Fairfield - but soon you are walking parallel to the busy road.
Farfield Quaker Meeting House built in 1689. Worth a visit.
The building is unspoilt for nearly 350 years and has a very relaxing air about it. I signed the visitors book as the 'Walking Diary' today - However, back in 02/09/20, we registered our attendance slightly differently.
As always, the Wharfe is very photogenic and I have so many photo's to choose from from today's walk - Here are a couple of my favourites. It's better in the summer mind and I still haven't seen a Kingfisher even though there's supposed to be plenty here !
Anyway, here's the spot where I enjoyed a late lunch on the riverbank.
Arriving at the outskirts of Addington as I look for my departure point near the suspension bridge. Another lovely walk in Wharfedale comes to an end.