United Kingdom The Strid, Wharfedale

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Mat Robinson

About this spot
The Strid is a section of Wharfedale where the river is forced through a gorge only a metre or so wide in places, in doing so causing the pressure to build and the water to rush through for a dramatic 30m or so. The name is believed to come from the fact that the river is only a stride across here, but this should be never be attempted . Beneath the surface the river broadens out into a series of channels, caves and large boulders which have taken the lives of everyone to have fallen in - so even if not planning to attempt the jump, take great care when standing on the rocks around it and keep away from the edge.
Surrounding the Strid is Strid Wood, a large ancient oak woodland that is well worth exploring too - you can make this into a gentle 5 mile round walk by looping right down to Bolton Abbey (and using the stepping stones if feeling brave) and back up the other side of the river.

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