One of the first things that caught my eye as I walking into the grounds at Bolton Abbey was the stepping stones. There was a constant stream of people (mostly children) seeing if they were up to the challenge of using the 57 stones to cross the river without falling in.

When the priory was in use this would have been the only way to cross the river without getting wet feet. The stones are now complimented by a modern bridge running alongside for the less brave and less mobile.

Stepping Stones

A Constant Stream

24 Comments CherryPie on Sep 17th 2011

24 Responses to “Stepping Stones”

  1. Claude says:

    I can just see my 7-year-old grandson having the time of his life stepping on those stones. What a good idea to have kept them on till today. Great photos, Cherie.:)

    • CherryPie says:

      The kids loved there was a constant stream of them crossing backwards and forwards. There were even little tiny ones that had to have help from and adult :-)

  2. Have you been to Tarr Steps in Somerset?
    They are more interesting. :)
    They’re stepping stones topped with heavy stone slabs.

  3. MTG says:

    I haven’t been there since I crossed the stones as a child, CP. I don’t recall them being so regular and well laid out….but these are great pics which jolt other memories and remind me to revisit.

    • CherryPie says:

      It could just be an optical illusion from the angle I took the photo. The way the smaller kids were walking made it look like some of them were wider apart than others. Unfortunately I didn’t take picture from the bridge which would have clarified the situation one way or another.

      I hope it brings back happy memories :-)

  4. Denise says:

    Ah yes Bolton Abbey – we often trundle by the place.

  5. Marcie says:

    Looks like fun…except that I’d definitely be afraid that I’d fall in!!! What a gorgeous place!!!

  6. I love those stepping stones … I’d probably fall in!

  7. Definitely the bridge for me. If I tried the stepping stones I would not reach the other side dry!

  8. ....peter says:

    It’s not that he can walk on water Chérie…. he just knows where the stones are…. great composition….peter:)

  9. Ginnie says:

    I would be such a dare-devil, even today, Cherry. But I bet you already know that about me, right? :) That would be so fun.

  10. Claire says:

    This post has taken me back to when I visited Bolton Abbey a long time ago, I loved it then and I guess it changes very little with the passage of time I would love to visit again. Thanks for reminding me.

    • CherryPie says:

      I am glad it brought back happy memories for you. It was a lovely sunny day and it was fun to watch families out and about enjoying themselves :-)

  11. Suzanne says:

    Excellent capture & beautiful pictures! ;)

  12. J_on_tour says:

    These scenes reminded me of Dovedale in The Peak District although I can’t quite believe the length of this crossing.