The Deadly Bolton Strid: A Small Stream in Yorkshire That Swallows People
3 Even bodies aren’t recovered from the Bolton Strid
The caverns and tunnels hold the remaining water of the river and no one has yet discovered how deep the Strid really is. The name Strid has been derived from “stride” all because foolhardy visitors thought they could wade across as it seemed just knee deep. Around the area are several warning signs that discourage people from jumping across or entering the strid.
Several stories exist of the Strid sucking up people into the underwater caverns. One of the victims was Young William de Romily, who tried leaping across the Strid in 1154. He of course perished doing so. His mother Alice de Romily was so grieved that she donated the land to the local Bolton Priory. The tragedy was immortalized by none other than William Wordsworth in his poem “the force of Prayer”
4 Falling in the Bolton Strid will knock you out unconscious
Aaron Page was another 8 year old boy who died in the strid in 2010. Known as the notorious stream that swallows people, the Bolton strid is deceptive because of its calm surface and should never be a place to play. According to Professor Carolyn Roberts “Whilst the Strid is also beautiful, and looks innocuous, it’s similarly deadly. It kills because of its geomorphology – the form of the channel, which is influenced by the nature of the rocks over which it tumbles.’
She goes on to say that it does not carve a way through the silt but twists and turns through overhanging rocks that have fallen over a limestone formation. The vortices created below will trap a body underwater close to the bed while the current will knock a person unconscious.