Thursday 23 March 2017. I met Jacqui today in Gargrave for the short drive to the start of our walk alongside the River Wharfe. There are a number of official car parks on the Bolton Abbey Estate but as these charge a flat rate of £10 there was no way that I was going to pay this extortionate fee. Instead, we drove to Barden Bridge where there is space for about a dozen cars to park for free. Clearly others had the same idea on what was a lovely sunny day and all of the spaces were taken when we got there. Luckily there were spaces outside nearby Barden Tower.
We walked downhill to join the riverside footpath on the west bank of the Wharfe stopping briefly to photograph the flow of water through The Strid. The original plan was to walk up to Simon’s Seat but, as my knee is still giving me pain, we decided to keep it low-level stopping for mid-walk refreshments at Cavendish Pavilion.
The walk back on the east bank was fairly gentle but took a more elevated route to look down on The Strid once more. This 5.3 mile walk ended with an uphill climb back to the car at Barden Tower and surprisingly included a total ascent of over 800ft.