. . . has an 14,000 acre estate of farms, moorland, parkland and woodland, which has been in his family since the 13th century. Bolton Castle attracts 40,000 visitors a year. Lord Bolton is investing in many ‘green initiatives’ - he and his gamekeepers tour the estate in electric cars; and he’s looking to harness energy from the River Ure.
What makes Wensleydale such a special place?
Every morning I see Penhill from my window. In spring there are bluebells in
the woods and various types of orchids to identify and I realise how lucky I
am. I have seen most parts of the world and I wouldn’t want to be anywhere
else but here!
Where is your favourite place in Wensleydale?
Pickerstone Ridge, the high point between Wensleydale and Grinton in
Swaledale. You can see the Lake District peaks one way and Teesside the
What is the best event to take place in the area?
The flower show which takes place in Wensley Church each August. It might
not be the biggest - perhaps 20 people take part - but the quality of the
exhibits is staggering.
What single piece of information should people have when they visit here?
Learn the Yorkshire dialect. If a local tells you there’s “n’owt t see ower yonna” believe them and stay and enjoy Wensleydale!
What is Wensleydale’s best kept secret?
Redmire Falls. It’s a short journey down river from the famous Aysgarth Falls
but every bit as beautiful with beech trees hanging right over the Ure. And it
costs nothing to visit.