Harewood House

After last having visited Harewood House, a stately home north of Leeds, on a school trip, we ended up visiting it twice in one weekend!

The grounds were laid out, somewhat inevitably, by “Capability” Brown, who was clearly the go-to man for 18th C garden design.

(L) A characterful greenhouse in the walled garden. (R) One of several alabaster tombs in Harewood church.

(L) Bluebells and bracken in the north-east corner of the estate which was laid out as a “pleasure garden”. (R) tunnels and cuttings were used built so that the arisotracy and hoi polloi could pass each other unseen!

Following the traditions of the Romantic movement, the ruins of Harewood Castle formed the focal point of the pleasure gardens. The ruins of the  12th C castle, which was abandoned in the 1630s, were recently stablised and are now open for tours.

Golden Acre Park and Eccup Reservoir

Grey squirrel.

(L) Bracket fungus, probably Dryad’s Saddle, Polyporus squamosus, and (R) trees around Eccup reservoir.

Formerly the Commercial Hotel, the Woolpack in the village of Esholt was renamed when Eshot was used as the location for the long-running soap opera Emmerdale Farm (now just Emmerdale). Filming moved to a purpose-built set (still closely based on Esholt) in 1998. 

Harewood Medieval Weekend

Displays of equestrian “skill-at-arms” variously involved slicing cabbages at speed or tilting at quintains.


Battle re-enactments.

Harewood House