Going North!

We’re in West Yorkshire and exploring places to see and walkies …

We arrived at the Wakefield train station and after a two-hour train ride, we needed a drink. But strangely, we found a bowl of water only for Rover!So we didn’t drink it.

Mummy’s friend, Alison met us at the station.  After a much-needed late lunch at Spencer Arms in Cawthorne, a “dog-friendly-only in-the-bar-area” gastro pub and where they offered us a water bowl with no names attached  – we were off to some northern cultural experiences.  Actually, Mummy had a first northern culture “experience” when she saw on the menu … Fish & Chips …And a cup of proper Yorkshire Tea?!?!?!?!  That’s different.

The next cultural experience – the Yorkshire Sculpture Park – a “gallery without walls”. Are the sheep part of the art installations or can we chase them? No chasing? Have to stay on lead? Oh, darn!The park was vast and as we walked we came across very large sculptures This one reminded me of the Tin Man in Wizard of Oz Some we could see from very far away We took refuge in someAnd a dog sculptureAs part of the series of Chinese zodiac signsAll the while the humans amused themselves with large strange objects dotted around the very vast park, George and I were very curious about the things that moved …Hmmm, lots of ducklings to chase
But never have our lead been held so tightly!We walked past so many curious sheep But no chance of any fun on this walk.Safely on the other side of the fence, I looked longingly at what mayhem I could have caused if I was allowed to run! :). But don’t dogs round up sheep?

Back at “the-house-that-was-a-church” were walks along the Aire and Calder canals – There were ducks –And swansI know about those fussy-pot swans.  They would hiss at me each time we walked past them at the Round Pond in Kensington Gardens, so I kept well away from them.

Whoa! And it’s a Gruffalo!!!With knobbly knees, and turned-out toes, and a poisonous wart at the end of his nose. It’s the Gruffalo indeed – and the mouse, and the owl, the snake, the fox – and there’s also a dog!!! Run, doggy run! LOL!

So after two lovely days in the north, it was toodle-pip to West Yorkshire!Thank you for a lovely visit, Alison!  Can we visit again? There’s still so much more to see. We’ll ask around if anyone else knows about more dog-friendly restaurant in Leeds or York – that’s where we’ll go the next time we’re up that way.

May’s comment: What an absolute delight to discover another part of Yorkshire – with friends who know the area.

One of the places I definitely wanted to visit is the Yorkshire Sculpture Park – an open-air gallery near Wakefield in West Yorkshire. It shows work by British and international artists, including Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth. When we were up this way last year in February, it was flooded. The weather wasn’t great but we enjoyed our walk albeit just a quarter of it. Dogs on leash – the whole time as there’s wildlife all around. And that was part of the charm. Sheep grazing close to a Henry Moore, geese flocking around other abstract figures.

The next day we went to Saltaire – contrary to what the name might suggest, it was a cotton mill dating back to the 1800s. Today it is a place of art, shopping and dining with a museum of its glorious past. Loved the curated items in the shops. Could have taken a few things home but as I travel light, I was not planing to lug packages on the train with two dogs.  Dogs are not allowed inside, so we left them at “the church that is a house” on their own. They were given the “run of the house” – but on all other occasions, they came along – always on the lead.

Alison found a dog friendly restaurant in Leeds – only a 15 minute drive away.We were seated in the dog-friendly area near the bar Ambiente serves Spanish tapas, paella and sharing plates served in an urban-style, exposed-brick dining room. 36-38 The Calls, Leeds LS2 7EW

And we tried something called a Yorkshire ParkinIt tasted like a less sweeter and softer gingerbread!

It was all in all a lovely weekend – with “forever” friends. Alison, Janet and I worked together at De Beers many years ago and though our lives have moved on and we are now all doing different things, our friendship which came about because of “diamonds” has stayed true to the marketing slogan we used to promote – A Diamond is Forever


  1. Alison

    What a lovely weekend away. We have a cavoodle who loves mustering the sheep ( mainly an attempt to make friends with them)

  2. Carole Smith

    Oh Miss Darcy, George and May, wish we had known you were visiting one of our favourite walks, the canal side at Woodlesford we would have loved to meet you, next time maybe, Dave, Carole, Maria, cockapoo Dexter and cavapoo Reggy xx

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