GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Castle Bolton Walk

2 miles (4 km)

Visit the wonderful grounds of the 14th century Bolton Castle before exploring the beautiful countryside surrounding the village.
It's a short walk to the castle from the village of Castle Bolton. For a fee you can explore the gardens and the maze before climbing the castle for wonderful views over the Yorkshire Dales. You can also learn about the fascinating history of the castle. Mary, Queen of Scotsstayed there for six months in the 16th century. After her defeat in Scotland at theBattle of Langsidein 1568 she fled to England, posing a threat to the position of the ProtestantQueen Elizabeth I.
After exploring the castle the walk then heads towards Low Thoresby before visiting the nearby village of Redmire. The attractive little village is the terminus of the Wensleydale Railway. The heritage railway runs 22 miles (35km) between Northallerton West station andRedmire. It's a great way to see this beautiful area.
From Redmire you cross the pretty Apedale Beck and return to the village.
To extend your walking in the area you can head south west and visit the fabulous Aysgarth Falls. The falls are one of the most visited attractions of the area and are well worth a visit.
The Herriot Way long distance footpath also runs through the area. The circular route takes you through areas of the Yorkshire Dales associated with the vet and author James Herriot.
Head south to the River Ure and you can try our Wensleydale Walk which visits Redmire Force waterfall and the vilage of Wensley, which gives its name to the dale of Wensleydale.

Castle Bolton OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Castle Bolton Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

The Leyburn to Castle Bolton Circular Walk visits the castle from the nearby market town. The trail uses part of the Leyburn Shawl Walk and other public footpaths to visit Redmire Force waterfall and the River Ure before making its way to the castle.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


View from the top of Bolton Castle. - - 161376

View from the top of Bolton Castle. Mary, Queen of Scotswas held prisoner at Bolton for six months. The story goes that she escaped and made her way towardsLeyburnonly to lose her 'shawl' on the way, hence the name ('The Shawl') of the cliff edge that runs westward out of Leyburn and is a well-known spot for easy walks with excellent views. See the Leyburn Shawl Walk for more details.

2014 Bolton Castle

Bolton Castle. The castle is a Grade Ilisted buildingand aScheduled Ancient Monument. The castle was damaged in theEnglish Civil War, and “slighted” afterwards, but much of it survived.

Castle Bolton IMG 8930 - panoramio

The castle was built between 1378 and 1399 byRichard, 1st Baron Scrope of Bolton, and is an example of aquadrangular castle. It has never been sold and is still in the ownership of the descendants of theScropefamily. In this photo the colourful gardens can be seen in the foreground. There is also a maze, herb garden, wild flower meadow, rose garden and a vineyard on the site.Falconry displays are provided to visitors during some months.

Rookwith Bridge - - 824855

Rookwith Bridge. A single timber beam footbridge over Walden Beck near West Burton.

Village pinfold at Redmire. - - 525210

Village pinfold at Redmire. Redmire is the terminus of theWensleydale Railway. Theheritage railway runs 22 miles between Northallerton West station andRedmire.

A corner of Redmire Green - - 525215

A corner of Redmire Green. The village was featured in the BBC television seriesAll Creatures Great and Small, in the episode "Puppy Love", as the location ofDarrowbybus stop. The village pub, the Bolton Arms, was also featured in the episode "Beauty of the Beast"

Footbridge over Apedale Beck - - 808681

A smart new footbridge erected by NYCC over Apedale Beck at Redmire. Built high above the beck on strong foundations to avoid damage by spate floods which are quite common here.

Seat, Castle Bolton - - 585103

Seat, Castle Bolton village. A place to relax near the village green. The village was largely constructed after the nearby castle and the houses were used by the retinue ofMary, Queen of Scotswhen she was imprisoned in the castle. The Dales artist Fred Lawson came for a holiday in 1910, set up his artist's studio in the middle of the village and loved it so much he never left.


GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

Castle Bolton.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)