Bolton Abbey is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Yorkshire. Found in the Wharfedale area of the Yorkshire Dales, it is a 12-century Augustinian monastery known as Bolton Priory. The area has tourists flocking from all over the world all year round to see its beauty, but the area holds a dangerous secret.
Along a section of the Yorkshire River Wharfe known as the Bolton Strid is the most dangerous strip of water in the world that is just six feet wide. The area is unfathomably deep and in its history has a 100 percent mortality rate. It is found between the Barden Tower and Bolton Abbey and looks like a small unassuming mountain stream, but is anything but.
The narrow gap is only an illusion, underneath lies a network of caves and tunnels that hold all the rest of the river’s water, which nobody knows how deep it is. What is known is that a powerful undercurrent will pull anybody that falls into certain death.
The reason for the dangerous network of caves is just further up above the mouth of the Bolton Strid the river flows 30ft wide and a lot easier giving a more idyllic, romantic and tranquil flow before being disrupted by a geological formation that abruptly funnels hundreds of gallons of water through a tiny six-foot channel.