Enjoying my little Saturday morning photo trips around the local area while the family are in bed or just getting up, I’m usually back after breakfast, to spend the rest of the day with the family, but it’s always nice to be out and about when most are in bed and fill my lungs full of fresh air with the added bonus of a few photography keepers if things go well. I do sometimes come back the same day and take evening sunset shots if I have time and think there are good images to be had.
In almost 52 years this is my first visit to Wetherby I believe and I was really impressed with the place and will be back. The small town is lovely and well maintained with old stone buildings and quaint little alleyways full of tubs and hanging baskets of summer flowers. At the bottom end is the town’s bridge over the River Wharfe which has 13th-century origins. It was rebuilt in the 17th century and widened twice, first in 1773 and in 1826 to a design by Bernard Hartley.
Under and around Wetherby bridge are benches, walkways, flowerbeds, a free car park, and a gravel beach at the side of the Bandstand where families picnic and children explore and paddle in a shallow, fairly safe, and picturesque stretch of the River Wharfe.
Wetherby Bridge and Gravel Beach
Just myself, the camera, ducks, and maybe the odd unseen trout or salmon on this beautiful stretch of the Wharfe at Wetherby Bridge.
River Wharfe, Wetherby
The River Wharfe passing through Wetherby in West Yorkshire is a lovely place for a riverside walk with the family or indeed alone with your thoughts and the sights and sounds of nature.
A long exposure image of the well maintained and well-kept riverside walk taken from Wetherby Bridge.
The riverside and weir on the River Wharfe at Wetherby has gone through many restorations after the weir was severely damaged during the harsh winter of 1981 when part of it collapsed.
Wetherby Cog and Old Water Wheel
The 11ft cogwheel, believed to date back to the 1880s, was found two years earlier and was restored by Wetherby Weir Preservation Trust (WWPT). The bridge over the River Wharfe at Wetherby has 13th-century origins and the old water wheel is still visable bottom left of this sunset image.
Wetherby Weir and Private Dwellings
Unseen in this image and on the far bank is the Salmon Ladder or Salmon Run. The Salmon run at Wetherby is a series of stone or stone-looking steps with water cascading down and over them, this greatly helps the migrating Salmon have an easier passage upriver in order to spawn. There are many weirs on this stretch of the Wharfe, imagine trying to scale them all without the use of a ladder or run!
Wetherby Town Hall
Wetherby Town Hall dates from 1845 and is the most prominent building in Market Place. It is Grade II listed and houses the Town Council offices and three large rooms available for public hire. The Town Hall is administered as a charitable trust by the Town Council.
This is a 12 image grid panorama in order to fit the road on either side of the town hall.
Wetherby Bridge and War Memorial
Les We Forget the people of Wetherby who died in both great wars 1 & 2.
The stone Angel memorial sculpture is not easy to photograph by any means but here’s the landmark on the bridge through my lens on this day.
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