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Walk & discover

There are over eighty miles of footpaths across some of the most spectacular countryside in England. Whether you wander beside the river, cross the exposed purple heights of the heather moorland or explore the woodland nature trails, there is something for everyone.

Family in Strid Wood

Open a printable route of an easy walk, 'Bolton Abbey Village to Cavendish Pavilion and return'.

All the stiles along the riverside and woodland paths from Bolton Abbey to Barden Bridge have been removed and replaced with gates making them suitable for pushchairs. Not all these paths are accessible in a wheelchair. Electric wheelchairs are available for visitors to use giving access to the Priory Church and Ruins, riverside, Strid Wood, the Strid and the Cumberland Trail.


If you're interested in nature why not investigate Strid Wood and follow one of the many Nature Trails.

Barden Moor and Barden Fell access areas give open access to 15,000 acres of heather moorland. The open access areas can be closed when there is a risk of fire and during the shooting season. Please note dogs are not allowed on the open access areas.

Walking on Barden Moor

Open a printable route of a hard walk, 'Cavendish Pavilion to Simon's Seat, Barden and return'.

Barden Moor Closure Dates

From August to December Barden Moor & Barden Fell access areas may be closed for safety reasons. This includes the Valley of Desolation & Simon's Seat.

Barden Moor and Barden Fell access areas will be closed on the following days:

13th, 14th, 15th, 17th, 18th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, 24th, 25th, 27th, 28th, 29th August 2015



Print your own map and directions to enjoy a walk on Bolton Abbey Estate

Easy walk

Moderate walk

Hard walk

Walking acros the moors

Barden Moor & Barden Fell

Please note dogs are not allowed on the open access areas.