Most people who spend any amount of time in nature know to be cautious around fast-flowing bodies of water. From the bank, these streams look deceptively shallow. However, most of them are actually a lot deeper than they let on.
The combination of moving water, slippery rocks, and a deep riverbed is a recipe for disaster. These are the exact elements that make the Bolton Strid -- a river in North Yorkshire, England -- one of the deadliest on Earth.
Standing on the nearby rocks, the Bolton Strid looks like any other river in that part of the country.
But the thing that makes this river unique is that one portion is only four feet wide.
In order to accommodate the rushing water, the rock around this section of the river has eroded downwards rather than outwards. This makes it appear deceptively shallow.
Because of the short distance between the banks at the bottleneck, many people attempt to jump across to the other side.
While many make the jump without a problem, those who miss their mark and fall into the rushing water are immediately submerged. According to locals, it's believed that not a single person has fallen into the Bolton Strid and survived.
The Bolton Strid has a pretty serious mortality rate.
And this isn't anything new. Evidence of lives claimed by this dangerous river pass can be found in local folklore going back hundreds of years.
(via Spooky Isles)
If you're hiking in the English countryside, don't ever try to jump over a raging river. Things will probably go terribly wrong.