Saturday, 8 January 2011
Heritage Trail 6 - The Boathouse Inn
'Retrace your steps...' from Roberts Park back over the footbridge. From this viewpoint you can see the old Saltaire boathouse from where, in earlier days, you could hire a rowing boat or take a cruise on the steamboat. Nowadays it is a popular bar and restaurant, recently revamped after a fire all but destroyed it. The canal is the other side of The Boathouse Inn and the church, seen through the trees, is on the far side of the canal.
The view to the left, of Saltaire's New Mill and the weir, is equally lovely and I have featured it several times - see here and here and last month on December 18, 'Lights' was a night shot of the view from almost exactly this spot.
There is also the most wonderful piece of film footage in the Yorkshire Film Archive online, shot in 1912, of people on the steamboat outside the Boathouse - see this link. The relevant snippet is at 2 minutes 53 secs in to the film (2.53) if you don't want to watch the whole film (though I recommend it!)
[Roberts Park is No 3 on the plan]