Part two of our trip to Yorkshire and this time we were heading for Leeds and Wakefield. Whilst we were living in Yorkshire we often went to Wakefield and I had a couple of temp jobs there, so a return visit.
First stop in Leeds was at Roundhay Park, which we never got to when we were in Yorkshire. A lovely great Victorian park to walk around with it's mansion house and nearby lake and fountain (there is another larger lake in the park) and going out of there and across the road by Butterfly World was an Italian style garden and a further rose garden. But the gardens we wanted to see were the specialist gardens which had been shown in recent years at the Chelsea Flower Show, so back across the road and we found them
though the gardens are more established now that when they were taken. They were fabulous gardens and pleased we took the time to visit them.
It was on to Wakefield and to see The Hepworth Wakefield gallery which opened May last year, by which time we'd moved back down South. On our travels through we'd seen the construction of this curious looking building on the banks of the River Calder. It seemed strange that some parts of the area were smartened up to revitilise the area, but some parts look neglected.
Photography can be taken in some areas which answered my questioning about the sloping roofs on the building. It was to direct the light in angles into the galleries.
Across the road from the Hepworth was a building that had us wondering for ages what it was. The other side of the road bridge is an old bridge with what looked like a small church, which it turns out it is, called the Chantry built into the old bridge. It was even painted by Turner (I'll try and search the link to that) more about it here.
A nice day was rounded of by a fish and chip dinner at the Wetherby Whaler in Wakefield, one of our favourite places to eat.