43b. Redmire, Castle Bolton, Wensley Village
Scenes in the Yorkshire Dales National Park
and a circular walk from Aysgarth Falls via Bolton Castle
See also the WENSLEYDALE RAILWAY
(1) A walk from Redmire Station to Castle Bolton
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Redmire Station on the Wensleydale Railway
From Redmire Station there is a short but glorious walk through Wensleydale to the village of Castle Bolton. The views are really good and you also notice occasionally on the left, traces of the railway embankment from the days when the steam trains went much further into the Yorkshire Dales and eventually your first glimpse of the magnificent Bolton Castle.
The south across Wensleydale from Castle Bolton.
(2) The village, castle and church of Castle Bolton
Looking west up the village green towards the castle in Castle Bolton. The village green was probably laid out when the castle was built in the late 14C.
Two donkeys in Castle Bolton near the village green.
The imposing Castle Bolton with St Oswald's Church on the right.
The south-west tower and south-east tower of Bolton Castle. Bolton Castle epitomises English military engineering of the late 14th century and is in a much better state than the similar Sheriff Hutton Castle.
The castle viewed from the road down to Redmire Village. The four towers of the square courtyard stand nearly to their full height except the north-east tower - just glimpsed at the back on the right.
There is a good cafe in Bolton Castle - excellent cakes and 'atmosphere', and a craft and gift shop - the piece of handicraft illustrated above reminds you of the days when the ladies of the court spent hours producing the great medieval tapestries depicting the life of the court and courtly love themes etc.
Bolton Castle viewed from the south-west and in font of it the formal gardens and vineyard.
The walled garden and vineyard of Bolton Castle - all south facing. Sir Richard Scrope built the castle in 1379 south facing and overlooking the richly wooded Wensleydale that would be well stocked with game. So, there were formal gardens, flower beds and arbours right from the start of the history of this impressive castle.
St Oswald Church at the top right of the village green, beside the castle, was originally built in the late 14th century, so contemporary with the building of the castle, but it is much rebuilt and restored.
Looking east down the simple structure of the church.
Some reminders of the stonework of the medieval church - three Sedilia divided by cross walls with pierced two pointed-trefoiled openings.
One of the stained glass windows and the restored medieval tracery of the east window above the altar.
Looking east down Castle Bolton village green.
A view of the castle in its glorious Wensleydale context.
(3) The villages of Redmire and Wensley
There are several good pubs in the area to eat and drink, or whatever refreshment you require!
The Church of the Holy Trinity of Wensley - built in 1245, though some restored parts and the tower was rebuilt in 1719. However its history as a Christian site goes back much further. Saxon stones in the church date from 760-792, in 1086 Wensley is written as Wendreslags in the Domesday Book, so the present church was built on the site of a Saxon church.
Holy Trinity is cared for by the Churches Conservation Trust. "Although it is no longer used for regular worship, it remains a consecrated building and is a part of England's history and maintained for the benefit of future generations."
So PLEASE leave a donation to help in its upkeep and their is a really good two page guide
Of Holy Trinity Church Pevsner in his book Yorkshire - The North Riding in his series of the Buildings of England - states "This is a church of quite some architectural interest".
Looking east down the 14th-15th century nave to the 13th century chancel and altar. On the right is the south aisle. Each aisle has three bays
The 18th century east window (the original was 13th C), and its 'medieval' tracery on the left, and, on the right, sections of the older stonework are preserved. The east window consists of five stepped cusped lancet lights under one arch - simple symmetrical tracery and there are pointed trefoils above the two lowest lights on the extreme left and right. The Sedilia have barbed dog tooth mouldings.
More details of the sections of the older Norman church.
Set into the east window are four surviving medieval 13th century heraldic symbols.
There are few jumbled fragments of medieval glass in the east window of the north aisle and set into the north wall are carvings-effigies of a knight and lady? from 1525.
This is a really interesting building and contents and well worth a visit.
(4) A circular walk from Aysgarth Falls via Bolton Castle
The clockwise walk takes you from the National Park Centre at Aysgarth Falls north across the fields to Carperby ...
... where there is a good pub called the Wheatsheaf.
From Carperby you continue north to Low Gate
The sunken road up to Low Gate, when beautiful view across Wensleydale begins to take shape.
Continuing across West Bolton
Eventually you begin to head east towards Castle Bolton along another lovely 'green track'
Castle Bolton can be seen in the distance.
Castle Bolton comes into full view.
Glorious view of Wensleydale from by the Castle.
You pass St Oswald's Church by the Bolton Castle.
You then head south-west in the direction of Aysgarth, but looking back you can still see Castle Bolton from Thoresby Lane.
Passing High Thoresby
Heading down towards the River Ure by St Josephs Wood
The Lower Force of Aysgarth Falls
The Middle Force of Aysgarth Falls
Then return to the car park at the National Park Centre.
See also the WENSLEYDALE RAILWAY
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