Danger lurks at the Bolton Strid, Yorkshire.

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The Strid near Bolton Abbey. Photo credit: James Whitesmith/Flickr
Between Barden Tower and Bolton Abbey in Yorkshire, England, lies one of nature’s most dangerous booby traps.
It’s a small innocuous-looking mountain stream, about six feet across, known as Bolton Strid, or simply the Strid.
But below the water’s surface is a deep chasm with powerful undercurrents that pulls anybody that falls into it to certain death.
It is believed that not a single person who has fallen into the Strid has ever come out of it alive. Not even their bodies.
To understand how a small mountain brook can have such a dangerous reputation, take a walk upstream. In less than 100 yards, this “small” stream will have expanded to a substantial river 30 feet across.
This is River Wharfe which runs through Yorkshire, but when it comes to the area of Bolton Abbey the river is forced through a narrow gap causing the water to gain tremendous speed and depth.

 

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A police officer stands guard on the River Wharfe at Bolton Abbey after an 8-year old drowned in March 2010. Photo credit: www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk
The narrow gap on the Strid is only an illusion as both banks are seriously undercut.
Hidden underneath is a network of caverns and tunnels that hold all of the rest of the river’s water.
Nobody really knows how deep the Strid goes.
Source: Bolton Strid: A Stream That Swallows People | Amusing Planet

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