Monday, 11 July 2016

The Mysterious Bolton Strid, UK

In England somewhere between Barden Tower and Bolton Abbey in Yorkshire, lies one of nature's most mysterious booby traps. Although it’s a small innocuous-looking mountain stream, around 6 feet across, famous as “Bolton Strid”, or simply the “Strid”. Nonetheless underneath the water's surface is a deep chasm with commanding undercurrents that pulls anyone that falls into it to sure death. Therefore, it is strongly believed that not a solitary person who has fallen into the “Strid” has ever come out of it alive. Not even their bodies as well. To be sure, it is well believed that the name “Strid comes from the word “stride”. The human nature assume, they can jump the creek, walk across in the stone, or even wade through it, so most of time, the attempt gets  in vain and they lost in Strid.  The extravagant attempt means; there are just dozens of corpses down there, pinned to the walls of the underground chasms, waiting for you to join them. It looks all stupid and harmless, but the second your foot touches the surface, you get some bullshit drowning animation and die instantly.

The people are unable to understand how a small mountain brook can have such a treacherous reputation, take a walk upstream. In less than 100 yards, this “small” stream will have stretched to a considerable river 30 feet across. Thus, it is River Wharfe which runs through Yorkshire, but when it comes to the zone of Bolton Abbey the river is forced through a thin gap causing the water to gain incredible speed and depth. As a result, the thin gap on the Strid is only an illusion as both banks are extremely undercut. Furthermore, unseen underneath is a network of caverns and tunnels that hold all of the rest of the river's water. Hence, no one exactly knows how deep the Strid goes. Also, on the surface the Strid appears so uncertain and the banks so close to each other that various foolhardy peoples in the past have assumed they could jump across it, or walk across its stones because it only seems knee-deep. However if there happens to be a bout of particularly dry weather, the waterline does start to drop, and you can just see the tops of the huge formations below. So, beautiful rivers can certainly be dangerous to humans – the Nile has lots of crocodiles, the Zambesi will push you over the Victoria Falls, and beware of swallowing water from the lower reaches of the Colorado. Whilst the Strid is also striking, and looks harmless, it’s likewise 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.

 Further, there are warnings signs on trees around the area to stay away people to try the leap. And so, still there are number of stories of persons slipping and getting sucked cruelly into the underwater caves and eroded tunnels. The William de Romilly, the son of Lady Alic de Romilly, was unluckily victim, who went to see Bolton Strid and try to leap across the Strid but perished. His mom was went in deep depression, so grieved by her precious loss that she donated the surrounding land to establish the Bolton Priory monastery. This sad legend was later immortalized by William Wordsworth in his poem “The Force of Prayer”. Which is as below?

    This striding-place is called THE STRID,
    A name which it took of yore:
    A thousand years hath it borne that name,
    And shall a thousand more.

    And hither is young Romilly come,
    And what may now forbid
    That he, perhaps for the hundredth time,
    Shall bound across THE STRID?

    He sprang in glee,- or what cared he’
    That the river was strong, and the rocks were steep? –
    But the greyhound in the leash hung back,
    And checked him in his leap.

    The Boy is in the arms of Wharf,
    And strangled by a merciless force;
    For never more was young Romilly seen
    Till he rose a lifeless corse.

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