Five Mood-Boosting Things to Do on the Bolton Abbey Estate

19th October 2023
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Autumn is a season of transformation. As the days grow shorter and the nights darker, it's not uncommon to find ourselves in need of a little extra positivity. The good news is that this time of year offers a unique opportunity to fill your soul with activities that can uplift your spirits. With the crisp air, the rustling leaves, and the vibrancy of the colours, autumn invites us to embrace nature and make the most of its wonders.

The Bolton Abbey Estate is the perfect setting to immerse yourself in activities that will give you a much-needed boost of positivity, whether that’s exploring the outdoors, learning a new skill or relaxing in the spa. If you’re in need of inspiration, keep reading to discover our top picks.

Visit the Priory Ruins

Losing yourself in history can be a wonderful way to feel connected to the area around you, as well as being good for your mental well-being. The Priory Ruins are a must-see for anybody interested in learning more about the past. Bolton Abbey Priory was initially founded in 1155, before being dissolved in 1539. Today the ruins sit peacefully next to the river Wharfe, serving as a dramatic landmark on the Bolton Abbey Estate.

Learn more about the Priory Ruins: Bolton Abbey Priory Ruins

Go stargazing

Did you know that the Bolton Abbey Estate is a Dark Skies National Park? As a result, it’s one of the best places in the Yorkshire Dales to stargaze due to the limited light pollution. Stargazing encourages a deeper connection with the natural world, as well as promoting mindfulness as you focus on the millions of stars above you and spotting constellations.

Discover more about stargazing at Bolton Abbey: Go Stargazing

Visit the spa

Sometimes self-care is the best way to boost your mood. The Devonshire Spa offers a haven of relaxation and rejuvenation, allowing you to feel refreshed and happier. Let your worries melt away in the hydrotherapy pool, or treat yourself to one of the many therapeutic treatments for an instant positivity boost.

Plan your visit to the spa: The Devonshire Spa

Learn a new skill

Autumn, a season of change, is the perfect time to embark on a new journey. The estate is a hub of creativity, with many different workshops running at our hotels. Get creative with one of our Christmas crafting sessions and learn how to create beautiful festive wreaths, or learn the intricate art of calligraphy. Each session will be brimming with festive cheer and positive spirits as you make something that you can gift or keep for yourself.

Discover our festive workshops: Festive Offers at The Devonshire Arms

Discover the Valley of Desolation & Simon's Seat

Exploring nature is one of the best mood boosters, and the Bolton Abbey Estate offers a paradise for nature lovers. One of the most beautiful walks on the estate is the Valley of Desolation and Simons Seat. At its head, you’ll be rewarded with a waterfall, where you can feel at peace and listen to the sound of the water gushing over the rocks. The walk then continues onto the moors to Simon’s Seat, with breathtaking views across the vast landscape.

Plan your walk: Valley of Desolation & Simon's Seat

We hope our journal has helped to inspire you for your next trip to the Yorkshire Dales. If you’re looking to extend your visit and make a weekend of it, we have a variety of packages available at our Bolton Abbey Hotels.

Discover our packages and book a room: Devonshire Hotels

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