A small village nestling under the shadow of Barden Moor, Embsay is best known for its station and railway, in operation here since the late nineteenth century. Cottage holiday enthusiasts and casual visitors alike will find an enjoyable day out at The Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway. The line is maintained by volunteers and is a mixture of the original nineteenth century rails and new track meandering through picturesque dales scenery, including a new station at Bolton Abbey. Stop off here and enjoy a picnic on the banks of the river and a ramble through the atmospheric ruined Abbey, which dates from the twelfth century.
Walkers and ramblers flock to Barden moor, the start of which is indicated by a massive limestone slab known as Embsay Crag. The area is open access land, offers stunning views of the Dales. Bird watchers will relish a visit to Upper and Lower Barden reservoirs, both of which are home to a rich variety of bird life.
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