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Springtime in England….Bolton Abbey

England is at its best in Spring.  We visited Bolton Abbey last week, the first cold day for a fortnight.  It was still lovely.

It’s sad to think that it was only 2 years after the roof was finished that the Abbey was dissolved by order of the king.  the Abbot did the sensible thing and took new vows and became the first parish vicar under the new regime.  Who can blame him.

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The present church is one end of the original abbey.  It is filled with interesting things and opportunities for prayer.

There’s a great coffee shop, really well designed and organised with delicious food and super coffee.  Children can put their own toppings on their ice creams.  The loos are clean and there are enough!  (Ladies take note)  Excellent access for wheelchairs and prams as well as lots of outside tables and chairs for the smokers.  The birds are very tame and will take food from you.

You can take several different walks and the leaflets tell you how difficult they are.  The Abbey grounds would be a bit tricky for wheelchairs but ther’s good access to the church itself.
The car park is a short walk and is run by the village but you can drive up to the Abbey if you are disabled.