It may look very narrow and shallow but that's very misleading. Underneath the water is a vast area of caves and huge sections that hold lots more water.
If you are planning a visit to England you should be aware of the Bolton Strid. While it may look like a beautiful and peaceful area of water, it is the most dangerous waterway in the world, bar none.
The stretch that runs between Barden Tower and Bolton Abbey in Yorkshire is considered a very dangerous booby trap. Because it looks so innocent, it entices people to come take a closer look. Someone might think they can jump across it or even walk on the rocks across it. It doesn’t look very deep but it actually is.
Not a single person has ever fallen in and escaped. Falling in will result in certain death. Not only has no one ever survived after falling into the waterway, the body of a deceased person has NEVER been recovered. They just vanish and are never seen again. Because of this no one really knows exactly how deep the waters run. The only that is known about it is the currents are extremely strong.
There are sections that look narrow and shallow but below there are plenty of giant caves and areas that hold a lot more water than it looks like. It’s impossible to see what lies beneath but experts say it’s a vast world under the water and it’s not survivable if you fall in.
There are signs all over the area warning people not to go into the water. Some people heed the warnings and some don't. Here is a photo of a police officer on duty after an 8-year-old child was lost in 2010.
What you see here are just the tops of the caves that run underneath the water. They jut out at the top and you can't see the large water pits underneath. While the ground appears to go down into the water, it actually doesn't.
A view from the side shows the force of the water rolling through the narrow rocks. It certainly looks dangerous from this view but it's even worse under the water.
It certainly looks beautiful, doesn't it? Be aware though that below the surface of the water lies certain death for anyone foolish enough to go in.
This view looks like a great place to drop a line and try to catch some fish. It's not a good idea though because if you fall in you will never be found.
Here is a good clip about this dangerous area of water with a little history about it. In short, stay away from it!