Salt’s Waters is an alternative heritage tour, combining words and music, which navigates watercourses large and small, in the district of Saltaire. It takes you west, from just outside Salts Mill, upstream via the River Aire, Loadpit Beck and Little Beck, to the ruins of Titus Salt Junior’s Milner Field mansion. You then return, downhill and downstream, via the Aire and the Leeds-Liverpool Canal.
To enjoy the tour, you will need:
1. Our map leaflet, with full details of the walk. You can pick one up from Saltaire Visitors Centre, Salts Mill, or Shipley’s Kirkgate Centre. Alternatively, you can access and print it off via these links: full leaflet or map only.
2. A smartphone or mp3 player, with headphones, containing our audio download. You can click the links below to download the walk for:
However please note that these sites will charge a fee for the download.
To access Salt’s Waters for free – as it is intended! – we recommend that you use one of the following options…
This CD Baby Player allows you to download the files completely free! Just click on the “Free Album” button, and follow the instructions. Once you’ve downloaded the files to your computer, you just need to add them to your personal music library so they’re available on your mobile player.
However, depending on your interface, you might find you have to download all the tracks individually, which is annoying (so the CDBaby Player may be the best option).
Finally, you can choose to stream the tracks, also for free, via the SoundCloud website (see player below). Just remember that you won’t have wifi out on the walk, so unless you have really good data roaming on your phone, downloading is definitely preferable to streaming live.
N.B. This Soundcloud version includes an ‘Introduction’ track as a short taster. This is designed to be heard before you undertake the walk itself (although it is also embedded at the end, as ‘track 19’, on the download versions).
The tour departs from a spot close to the entrance of Saltaire’s Visitor Information Centre. To begin, you need to position yourself at the bottom of Victoria Road, standing on the bridge over the canal. Stand on the side of the road closest to Salt’s Mill.
We hope you enjoy Salt’s Waters.
Written and narrated by Steve Bottoms
Songs written and performed by Eddie Lawler
Sound design, recording and mixing by Jon Tipler
Additional voices by Rob Pickavance and Emily Spowage