The Strid

The Strid

From Bolton Abbey a pleasant riverside walk leads upstream through woods to the Strid, a notorious stretch of water where the River Wharfe is forced into a deep and narrow channel.

At its narrowest point the Strid is only about two metres wide, and foolhardy visitors have been known to try to jump across the roaring chasm. Failure is invariably fatal, however, as there is no recorded incidence of anyone having survived a fall into the thundering waters of the Strid - which mercilessly sucks its victims into the underwater caves and eroded tunnels which lie hidden underneath each side of the rocky channel.

Needless to say, the Strid is an extremely dangerous place, and visitors should take care to keep a safe distance from the edge, with children and animals being kept firmly under control.

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