Salts Mill, Shipley
Neil and Janet organised our March Sunday Run and they tell us about it: “Having had such a wet winter and, after the success of tenpin bowling at the last run, we once again kept to the main roads and set out to visit to Salts Mill at Saltaire, Shipley from the Old Stone Trough Kelbrook.
Leaving there with seven cars, we met two more at our coffee stop at Shed 24, the station café at Hellifield. Welcomed by Gayle and her family team, including their dog Benjy, we had warming drinks and – for some – an excellent breakfast sandwich! Surrounded by station memorabilia, we looked out at a wild Yorkshire landscape, great views and the promise of trains powering past the café windows.
Moving on we headed towards Shipley and our lunch stop at Salts Mill. The sun managed to make an appearance although the fields were flooded in parts but, fortunately, not the houses or roads. On arrival in Saltaire, parking is nearby and we were able to take note of this collection of buildings that provided work and housing for hundreds of people in the nineteenth century.
Completed by Titus Salt in 1853, this huge woollen Mill is now transformed into shops, cafes and an Art gallery that pays tribute to David Hockney. His series of drawings on an iPad, “The Arrival of Spring”, is certainly worth the visit.
An excellent lunch in the Café of the Opera at the Mill completed our visit to this UNESCO World Heritage Site and we headed home looking forward to our next MG trip to The Carding Shed.”