Tuesday 26 October 2010

Bretton Hall Estate walk

The park land at Bretton Hall, where the YSP is situated is stunning and very old.

We decided to walk up to the Longside Gallery - about a mile up a very steep and muddy hill (much to the young mans utter annoyance - he dislikes "uphills").

The Lakes remain from when this was a stately home.

Even the old gates are magnificent.

Stopping half way up the hill - to admire the view! You can see Bretton Hall, and the YSP Galleries behind. Until recent years, the hall was used by the University of Leeds, I believe that they are talking about it becoming a hotel.

Once inside the Longside Gallery, you can see that they bring the outside in as a backdrop to the pieces.

Continuing the round walk, we discovered the "Basket" - a strange folly like sculpture that the young man was forced to admit was "cool".

Perhaps all teenagers should be caged!!!

The woodland walks are really pretty - and you end up quite high up.

We discovered an old well - it looked like something from "Indianna Jones"!

So far, I am enjoying our Staycation.


Diane said...

Beautiful photos of a lovely spot. Diane

periwinkle said...

I'm enjoying your staycation too :-)

Unknown said...

You didn't leave the young man caged did you????? :0)
Glad you're enjoying your staycation - I love the photo of the old well.

topchelseagirl said...

Lovely photos, thanks for taking us along. x

Lyn said...

We didn't make it up the hill last time we went but I have been up to see the cage and there were some Andy Goldsworthy sculpures up there too. Its a great place.

Kathy said...

I'm so impressed that your young man enjoys going along with you ... sadly our son gave up doing that years ago.
I'm enjoying your staycation too.
Love Kathy xxx

Rebecca said...

I'm enjoying your days out as well x

jennyfreckles said...

Yes, I remember it being quite a long walk but there are various points of interest along the way as you illustrate so beautifully. Last time I was there, we found a cornfield full of poppies on the hillside.

A garden just outside Venice said...

Stunning autumnal colours!
Diane, the young man looks alike his lovely mummy!

Lisa said...

Just caught up with your staycation posts. You do have a great variety of places to visit.
Hope you enjoy all you have planned for the rest of the week.
Lisa x

Rosie said...

Looks a lovely place! I'm sure that my friend's daughter studied music at Bretton Hall in the 1980s - was it a college or attached to a University at one time?