Queen's Diamond Jubilee
A jewel in the crown
The Yorkshire Dales National Park is a diamond in the landscape - and this the remarkable area has certainly had its fair share of aristocratic associations.
The National Park boasts many royal connections that are well worth discovering for yourself during the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations. Before visiting in person, please check the associated websites for opening hours, directions, and costs.
Bolton Abbey, Skipton
Overlooking the River Wharfe are the ruins of the twelfth century Priory and the still thriving parish church. Bolton Priory was founded in 1155 by a community of black-robed Augustinian canons but was closed by Henry VIII in 1539. Since the Dissolution the estate has belonged to the Cavendish family, who have been an influential aristocratic family since the sixteenth century. The 80 miles of footpaths, ample space, woodland and riverside walks, and fresh air can be enjoyed by the public these days.
Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway
Bolton Abbey station has long been connected with royalty as it was the nearest to the Duke of Devonshire's Bolton Hall. The Hall was very popular with British monarchs: King Edward VII (1902) and King George V (1922) but visits dwindled and the last royal train came to Bolton Abbey in 1947. Nowadays in the summer months you can hop on a stately train that runs between the two stations at Embsay and Bolton Abbey.
Janet (or Jennet) is the queen of the local fairies. It is said that she lives in a cave behind a waterfall in Malham and if you sit very quietly by the pool you might just spot her. Follow the riverside walk from Malham National Park Centre through Wedber Woods to where Goredale Beck tumbles over moss-covered limestone. 'Foss' is the old Norse word for waterfall and you will find many place names in the Dales influenced by the arrival of the Vikings. Even ‘dale’ is a Norse word - it means valley.
Queen’s Gardens, Sedbergh
These peaceful gardens were presented to the town of Sedbergh by Mrs Upton-Cottrell-Dormer of Ingmire Hall in 1906 to commemorate the reign of Queen Victoria. A stone memorial cross is sited at the highest point. The pathways and plantings were carried out to her elaborate design by a team of her own gardeners. Originally there would have been a bandstand on the grassy slope facing the bowling green. The gardens eventually became overgrown but recent work by local people with help from the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust has breathed new life into this secret corner of Sedbergh. Described as 'a forgotten Victorian park', the gardens are west of the town centre, just off the Kendal road and are a splendid spot to spend a quiet moment.
Bolton Castle, Leyburn
Bolton Castle is one of the country's best preserved medieval castles. Situated in the heart of Wensleydale it has stunning views over the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Completed in 1399 by Richard le Scrope, Chancellor of England to Richard II, its scars bear testament to over 600 years of fascinating, and sometime violent, history including involvement in the Pilgrimage of Grace, Mary Queen of Scots imprisonment and a Civil War siege. The castle has never been sold and remains in the private ownership of Lord Bolton, Sir Richard le Scrope’s direct descendant. Open to the public, it is a great day out for families and history buffs.
Reigning nearby attractions you may also like:
- Skipton Castle, Skipton
- Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, Nidderdale AONB
- Middleham Castle, Leyburn
- Constable Burton Hall and Gardens, Leyburn
- Richmond Castle, Richmond
- Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond
- Kiplin Hall, Richmond
Visit www.yorkshire.com/royal to discover more about ‘Royal Yorkshire’.
What’s on during bank holiday?
Visit our events page to find out what’s happening in the Yorkshire Dales National Park from 2 to 5 June. With the extra long weekend you’ve plenty of time to relax, enjoy and experience the National Park, a diamond in the landscape.
Pages you may also like:
- Our current historic Feature of the Season is memorials, including those placed in the National Park to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in 1887. Read more…
- The Yorkshire Dales National Park Blog includes a post about what to do with the kids over a bank holiday weekend and a post that reminisces on what was happening in the National Park around the time of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1952. Read more…