Dales Way – Day 2

Ilkley to Burnsall – 13 miles

After a lovely breakfast we were soon on our way back into town, to the start point alongside the bridge & River Wharfe.

We didn’t need packed lunches as our aim was to lunch at Bolton Abbey where there is a cafe’.

We set off in brilliant sunshine following the river towards Addingham village which is a nice quiet place and, as before, we did not see anybody until we arrived at Addingham church. Whilst taking in the sun, a lone walker (doing the Dales Way), came by and following a brief chat he was soon on his way.

It wasn’t long before we were also on our way, after a quick look around the church grounds.

Within a short time we were walking through a very picturesque campsite of static homes overlooking the River Wharfe.

Soon we had to cross the B6160 road which was heading towards Bolton Abbey and, being a Sunday, it was likely to be busy with lots of people out for the day. After crossing the road we came upon the old Quaker Meeting House at Fairfield, dated 1689. The hall welcomes visitors, so inside we went.

It was interesting as well as nice and cool as the sun was quite hot now in open areas.

After reading a little about the history of the building, and a wander around the grounds, we were soon on our way again, crossing a few fields before eventually having to once more carefully cross the B6160. We walked along the road for about 200 yards before heading towards the river. We followed the river, passing under a road bridge before entering the Abbey grounds. The path led towards

the Abbey itself

where we could see many day trippers enjoying themselves and children playing in pools. As we neared our lunch stop there were more people and we thought that it would be difficult to find a place to sit, but when we arrived some people were just leaving – how lucky were we! We settled down to lunch, boots off, and checked the map for the next stage.

Having rested, had a snack and a drink (NO dessert, I must add), it was time for boots on and on our way again, heading towards Barden Bridge. We passed lots of people just strolling through the woods, taking in views. If you haven’t been to Bolton Abbey, I can fully recommend a visit.

On the route to Barden Bridge,

I reminded Steve it was his turn to buy the ice creams as I had bought them the last time (5 years ago, hee hee). When we got near the bridge, we saw the ice cream van waiting for us and thought it would be a shame to have walked all this way and not have one, so we indulged ourselves, looking on it as our dessert.

Now, it was time to walk the final section of the day to our B&B in Burnsall.

We eventually arrived around 5 o’clock, having first called at the Red Lion Pub to book a table for dinner that evening.

We found our accommodation quite easily and met our host, who showed us to our rooms in a cottage alongside the main house which was great as we had it to ourselves.

Having had a mug of tea, we settled in to our respective rooms and had a brief rest before wandering back to the Red Lion for dinner. After a very pleasant evening we returned to our B&B to settle down for the night.

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