Worth a visit: Yorkshire Dales

By Lucy Oliver

This month, take a visit to a beautiful priory in the Yorkshire Dales. A short drive from the bustling market town of Skipton, Bolton Abbey presides over peaceful parklands and is ideal for summer walks.

The surviving church is nestled among the ruins of a 12th-century Augustinian priory, providing a stunning outline against the natural beauty – and a wonderful place to explore.

The grounds of the abbey feature cafes and picnic areas on the banks of the river Wharfe – and a tearoom surrounded by a walled garden. One major point of fascination has to be the 57 stepping stones across the river. Used in medieval times by visitors as the only access to the priory, they are attempted by many today with varying degrees of success. Luckily, a nearby rope bridge presents an alternative route! Strid Wood, an ancient woodland, offers sightings of deer, otters and wildflowers and a walk here leads to the Strid itself – a natural wonder formed by water flowing rapidly through a narrow point.

From 23 July to 7 August, performances of the beloved children's book The Wind in the Willows are taking place at the abbey and are sure to be mesmerising. For more information, visit www.boltonabbey.com.