I had a wedding cake to deliver to Victoria Hall, Saltaire and thought I’d drag the family along and make a day of it. Saltaire is a perfect place for a day trip, with Salts Mill, independent shops and cafes, a canal with boat trips, Roberts Park and loads more.
We managed to shoehorn in a bit of geocaching too – it’d be rude not to.
Saltaire is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was the vision of Sir Titus Salt, the owner of the mill. He created a model village to house his mill workforce, which has been wonderfully preserved. Some of the streets make you feel like you’ve stepped back in time and are packed with beautiful Victorian terraced houses.
We had lunch at a cafe in an art gallery, Masserellas Cafe Bar. I’d definitely recommend it if you fancy lunch in Saltaire – the owner was really accomodating and the food was delicious.
We managed a wander around the village then out along the canal to Hirst Lock, where Mr R got involved opening one of the locks for a barge to go through.
We then wandered back along the side of the River Aire which actually flows under the canal at one point – such an amazing feat of engineering.
Apart from a slight mishap with an ice cream (we got one from the little ice cream barge, Hols had two licks then dropped it on the floor…) we had a fabulous day exploring, and will definitely be back!
I’ve started a new Instagram page for all my pics I take whilst out and about. Feel free to give it a follow.