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Hope everybody had a good christmas

A trip over to Bolton Abbey with Steve and Ray found a sprinkling of snow and some decent winter light. Enjoyed the trip lads thanks. will it go out like a Lion?

Near Bolton Abbey. You can almost hear the countryside drawing a big breath as the land finally dries out.

An alternative view of the famous ruins, seen here with a winter coating of snow. The usual stepping stones awash with the river carrying some extra water from the thawing snow.

This view will stay with me for many years.

Went for a sunset, but had to make do with this. It's a tough life.

and a sheep's bum :-)

15 minutes before this shot was made, I was sat watching an incredible sunset developing. There was a sizable gap on the horizon, that would allow the low winter sun to illuminate the very promising low and high clouds and with plenty of blue sky showing through the gaps, the colour was going to be fantastic, just what I’ve always wanted in this location!!! Then, Cathy said, I can see snow! I personally couldn’t, maybe my excitement blurred the reality. But as I made sure the kit was ready and the obligatory farewells to the family (they were off for tea and cake to escape the cold, whilst I did the sunset) I couldn’t see the snow... Anyway as I made my way to the location (one that I’ve shot numerous times even licensed cards and image to the estate) my excitement became engulfed by a blizzard! Anyway I still haven’t got the shot I’m visualising, but will keep trying with this composition until I eventually get closer to what I see in my mind’s eye!

Incidentally, I used the opportunity to shoot some comparison images for an article I’m writing for Amateur Photography magazine on Polarisation... more information coming soon....


Bolton Abbey is an estate in Wharfedale in North Yorkshire, England, which takes its name from the ruined 12th-century Augustinian monastery now generally known as Bolton Priory. It is adjacent to the village of Bolton Abbey.

Bolton Abbey looking across the River Wharfe in the autumn sunshine.

The river at Bolton Abbey , Yorkshire

This is a lovely scene that i captured on my walk to The Valley of Desolation at Bolton Abbey.

An oldie from a walk at Bolton Abbey a few months ago but I am behind on a of a day and am doing some editing whilst Fuz watches boring football. Hoping to be able to get out and walk again soon, this toe injury has really hampered my exercise routine!

Original Photograph by Philip Mills

Textures by Pareeerica

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None of these images may be reproduced and or used in any form of publication, print or the Internet without my written permission

Wish it was my house :-)

side door of bolton priory's church of st mary's & st cuthbert

bolton abbey was founded in 1151 by the augstinian order on the banks of the river wharfe. the land and other resourses were given to the order by lady alice de romille of skipton castle in 1154. in the early 14th century scottish raiders caused temporary abandonment of the site and caused structural damage to the priory. the nave of the abbey church was used as a parish church from 1170 and survived the dissolution of the monastaries.the dissoution of the monastaries resulted in the termination of the priory in 1539.more work was done in the victorian era,but the east end remains in ruins, most of the remaining church was done in gothic style.

This shot is of Bolton Abbey in the edge of the Yorkshire Dales. The grave with the flowers is the great cricketer Fred Trueman OBE.

The Wharfe at this time of year is a wonderful sight.

Well I have not done any uploads in ages...mainly because I have not done any travel for the past 2 years..and I still have not done anything about it..not really sure when I will resume the trails..but thought I will upload one from the archives just to start things moving forward :)


This is Bolton Abbey in Yorkshire. A very serene and beautiful place. A lovely walk up and down the river along the gorge.The monastery was originally founded at Embsay in 1120. Led by a prior, Bolton Abbey was technically a priory, despite its name. It was founded in 1154 by the Augustinian order, on the banks of the River Wharfe.


Building work was still going on at the abbey when the Dissolution of the Monasteries resulted in the termination of the priory in 1539. The east end remains in ruins. A tower, begun in 1520, was left half-standing, and its base was later given a bell-turret and converted into an entrance porch. Most of the remaining church is in the Gothic style of architecture, but more work was done in the Victorian era, including windows by August Pugin. - Courtesy Wiki

Really (and I know everyone says this) better viewed in Large Size!


Bolton Abbey in North Yorkshire, close to Skipton.

Taken near Christmas 2009 after days of heavy snow.


Sometimes you just have to take a chance when the early morning weather is grey ,misty and doesnt look like shifting ..but then out comes the sun in the afternoon :))

Some of the stepping stones were washed away during the flooding in March ..

The far side of Bolton Abbey in the Yorkshire Dales

Taken at Bolton Abbey, North Yorkshire.


The Strid & Strid Wood

The spectacular Strid is where the broad River Wharfe becomes suddenly narrow and the water rushes with great force. The Strid was formed by the wearing away of softer rock by the circular motion of small stones in hollows, forming a series of potholes which in time linked together to form a deep, water filled chasm.

Please note the Strid is very dangerous and lives have been lost. Please take notice of the advice signs in this area and stay well back from the edge.

The Strid is wider than it looks and the rocks are usually very slippy.


The Strid gets its name from the Anglo Saxon 'Stryth' meaning Turmoil or Tumult; corrupted into Strid, from the possibility of striding across the channel.


The Strid is easily accessible from Sandholme car park. It is approximately a twenty minute walk through Strid Wood from the Cavendish Pavilion. This path is suitable for wheelchairs. Alternatively, the Strid can be accessed from Strid Wood car park. This route takes ten minutes, however, the path is uneven in places and terrain easy to moderate.


This ancient woodland is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and one of the largest areas of acidic oak woodland in the Yorkshire Dales. It is renowned for the flora and fauna, particularly the carpets of bluebells in Spring. Follow the colour coded nature trails through the wood and relax and enjoy the view from one of the many carefully positioned seats. There are walks to suit all ages and abilities including the green trail. This popular trail which is suitable for wheelchairs follows the west bank of the River Wharfe from the Cavendish Pavilion to the Strid.


Visitors are asked to keep their dogs on a lead whilst in the woods to avoid disturbing the animals and to prevent damage to the fragile woodland plants.


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