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Things to do in Skipton

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The top 5 attractions in Skipton

Abbeys in Skipton
Bolton Abbey
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This great place is situated in the wonderful County of Yorkshire, near the town of Skipton in England. I¡Without a doubt it has been one of the most amazing and rewarding experiences which I have encountered in my travels. It is a natural park called The Deals where you can find a variety of outdoor activities in a truly impressive place. People go there to spend the day with family, to go trekking, climbing ... The title describes my reaction towards this place, there are NO WORDS.
Churches in Skipton
Prieure church
Located on the site of the former Bolton Abbey, Priory Church is the only part of the abbey that has stood the test of time and is still used today. In fact, the church was never completed, and the west tower, where the entrance gate stands today, had no roof for several decades! Don't miss the beautiful stained glass windows, retracing the life of St Cuthbert, inside. There is also a model that gives an idea of what the church would have looked like if it had ever been finished.
Unusual Places in Skipton
Ford
Situated on the grounds of the former Bolton Abbey, Yorkshire, in northern England, the ford over the River Wharfe was the only way to cross the river before the construction of the adjoining bridge (the less adventurous can choose this option!) Although shallow (only about 1 meter deep), the river is cold and the current would make for a nasty fall - as you're sure to contemplate when you step carefully across the wobbling rocks, being eyed all the time by curious ducks who seem to be waiting for you to trip!
Historical Monuments in Skipton
Prieure ruins
The main attraction of the old Bolton Abbey, it is possible to visit the ruins of the priory for free (although you'll still need to pay money to park). Centuries of history are recounted in this site, and some hints of what once stood here can still be seen, like the windows and stone walls. For the rest, you can refer to the illustrations which will help you imagine the size of this building, completed almost 900 years ago.
Hiking in Skipton
Bolton Abbey Estate Trail
The lands of the former Bolton Abbey contain a path along the river which runs along the various monuments, starting with the ruins of the priory. It takes about three hours, and you'll have magnificent views of the ruins and, as you climb the hill, the trees and fields. A great walk!
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