If you’ve got a free day and the weather is looking good, I couldn’t recommend a trip to Saltaire more. I’m a little bit biased as I grew up just over the river, but I think it’s the most amazing place. You can be in the village in just 15 minutes via train from Leeds and everything is walk-able from there, including Roberts Park.
The Park holds a lot of great memories for me. When I was at upper school we were allowed out on a lunchtime from year 10 onwards. On the days it wasn’t raining (a rareity in the north!), my friends and I would wander across to Roberts Park and have our lunches on the field, enjoying our hour of freedom from the classrooms. We were so lucky to have it on the doorstep of our school.
When the sun comes out the Park is a great place to be. Locals descend with their picnics, an ice cream van is never far away, and whether you go for a wander or just sit on the grass, it’s a lovely spot to relax in. If you pop across on a weekend, there’s a high chance you’ll also be able to catch a game of cricket!
The Park is really well maintained and looked after, and grounds are always filled with beautiful plants and flowers. If you’re an avid photographer there’s loads of great opportunities to get some flowery snaps.
If you follow the pathway around the Park you’ll walk past some lovely statues, including one of Sir Titus Salt himself and another one of a couple of alpacas. Salts Mill used to spin alpaca wool, so the animal is frequently used to represent the area. A bit of trivia – my upper school crest featured two of them and they’re my favourite animal!
If you fancy a drink in the sunshine, The Boathouse is a must-visit. Overlooking the park, the venue serves a range of local beers and ales, and the menu is packed full of delicious options for lunch. If the weather takes a turn the Mill is just up the road and is a great place to learn about the history of the area.