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Graceful, picturesque ruins create a postcard view at Bolton Abbey, Wharfedale, near Skipton, North Yorkshire. Bolton Priory was founded in the 12th century by Augustinians, along the River Wharfe. Until recently, the estate surrounding this site belonged to the Dukes of Devonshire, but it has now been turned over to a trust for management.
We visited here on a late Spring day. Not only did we enjoy the surroundings & the salubrious weather, we also spent some money at a used & rare book shop (was right behind me as I took this picture), AND, we were treated to the totally unexpected pleasure of a visit from a Red Kite, which circled overhead, then dropped in tightening spirals to just over our heads. I never even considered trying to photograph it; we were too mesmerized by the sight to worry about such terrestrial pursuits!
More about Bolton Abbey can be seen here.