August 21, 2008


Filed under: England — sensel @ 5:08 am

From 8/16: Started my official Dales Way today, with lots of tramping alongside the river (literally). The river’s quite nice, although I’m having a hard time getting used to brown rivers — there’s so much tannin in the water and ground here. Spent about an hour at one of the best historical sites along the whole way, Bolton Priory, which sits on a bend in the river and the nave, which wasn’t destroyed along with the rest of the church, still serves the local parish. Not my favorite abbey of all time, but it is a big one with lots of atmospheric ruins and some GREAT door hardware. Mused over a place called The Strid, where the river charges down through limestone plates that come within about 3 feet of each other — close enough to tempt one to stride over, thus the name — but boy, if you slipped into that water you’d never come up; it looks like a blender on high. (A blender filled with Coke on high, since that’s about the color of the water.) Ended the day in a great little place called Appletreewick, about two dozen stone houses that sit on a hill over another bend in the river. The pub had the best fish chowder I have ever eaten, so even if I had to use my earplugs that night before the riots finally died down, it was worth it!

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