Stately days out in the North West

Take a visit to East Riddlesden Hall, a 17th-century manor house sandwiched between the River Aire and the Leeds & Liverpool Canal

East Riddlesden Hall

Abi Whyte

Posted on 22/05/2019

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The story of this 17th-century manor house, sandwiched between the River Aire and the Leeds & Liverpool Canal, would have been a very different one if it wasn’t for local twins William Anderton Brigg and John Jeremy Brigg. Saddened by the estate’s neglect over the decades, the brothers stepped in to buy the property and donate it to the National Trust in 1934.

Today it’s a fascinating place for any budding historian, with its mixed collection of 17th to 19th-century furniture, 18th-century pewter and exquisite needlework. In the garden you can wander among the scented herb borders, cottage garden flowers and fruit-laden trees, while children can run amok in the natural play areas, which include a mud kitchen and a secret tunnel.

If you can, try to time your visit with one of the estate’s eclectic range of events, such as butter making and natural dyeing workshops, an autumn wedding fair and an outdoor production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in August.

The National Trust has put together a 2.5-mile walk along the canal called the Riddlesden Ramble, which starts at East Riddlesden Hall, follows the Leeds & Liverpool and stops at a charming little Chapel of Rest before heading back to the start.

Alternatively, a 2.5 mile walk in the opposite direction from the estate along the canal will take you to Bingley Five Rise Locks, a spectacular staircase of locks that carries boats up the 18-metre incline. It’s a lovely place to stop with a flask of tea and watch the boats go by on their long journey up and over the Pennines.

Plan your next day out on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal.