Today I decided to have a bit of an active day and go out on a bike ride to Saltaire. I headed into Leeds city centre where the Leeds-Liverpool canal begins and followed the tow path towards Saltaire. The great thing about cycling along the canal is that it’s nice and flat so it’s quite a gentle ride – plus we picked a nice day for it.
Starting from Leeds, the canal eventually takes you all the way to Liverpool although you’d have to cycle 127 miles to get there. Leeds to Saltaire is a modest 15 miles so it’s easy to do in an afternoon.
There are several points of interest along the route including a wetland wildlife reserve at Rodley and the Industrial Museum at Armley. The route also passes through Apperley Bridge, Shipley and on to Saltaire. Some parts of the path are a little uneven and there are a few potholes however this section of the path is due to be repaired in the near future.
I chose Saltaire as my final destination because it’s just such a picturesque town. As we cycled in there was a canal boat selling icecream and traditional sweets and the nearby park was bustling with people. Saltaire centres around the impressive Salts Mill which was built, along with the church, school and many of the houses, by Sir Titus Salt. Salt, was a wealthy mill owner purpose-built Saltaire to house his workers. You can still walk around the village and go inside the mill. It very much remains a lively, lived-in place and it also attracts many tourists.
After a short stop in Saltaire (and a pint in the Boathouse Inn) we took the train back into Leeds. Although the journey only took a couple of hours it was nice to rest our legs at the end of the day!
Photo credit: tommarsh