A deep, shady stretch of river runs through this nature reserve and woodland. Above is the Strid gorge (do not try to swim in the cataract itself – people have died here), but below, the river is wide and deep with a pleasant stony bottom. Dappled and glorious on a sunny day. A long swim is possible up to the end of the Strid, and downstream until the river shallows out. At weekends the path alongside the river can be busy.
2 miles N beyond Bolton Abbey on B6160, a mile beyond BD23 6AN, find The Strid car park and visitor area (and caravan park) on R. Pay for parking and walk down through woods to admire the cataract. Follow path downstream 300m beneath end of the cataract and drop down to rocky riverside.
10 mins, 54.0024, -1.9019
From the Wild Guide to the Lakes and Dales
- Flashy river / prone to flooding
This is a crowd-sourced map. Abilities vary, and conditions change. Always assess risks for yourself before getting in.
The Strid itself is dangerous (especially in high water) due to underwater rock shelves, and currents. So don't swim up into it.
The Wharfe rises rapidly after heavy rain.