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   Harewood,West Yorkshire - Sunday,31st,January 2021 

 We have made only two Club visits  to this area in the past 12 years, surprisingly very close to each other. In December 2012 we had our Christmas lunch at the Wharfedale Inn which is just down the road from Harewood village , and in March 2013  we walked  around the Harewood Estate and other parts of Wharfedale. In July 2011 a small group of our members enjoyed  a short walk mainly within the grounds of the Estate.


 I wonder if the confusion over the 'correct' way to refer to Harewood has any bearing on the frequency of our visits? The debate has continued for many years as to the pronunciation of the name. The 'locals' have always pronounced the name as it is spelt, i.e ..  'Hare ..wood', whereas the Earl of Harewood would always ignore the 'e' and pronounce it as 'Har .. wood'. However, in recent months the present Earl seems to have accepted the local usage, which includes pronouncing the 'e'.

 A few facts about Harewood House  ....

  •  The Lascelles family bought the Estate after making their fortune in the West Indies, partly as a result of the slave trade
  • The House was built between 1759 and 1771 for Edwin Lascelles, the 1st Baron of Harewood. It was designed by John Carr and Robert Adam
  • Much of the furniture in the house is by Thomas Chippendale who came from nearby Otley
  • Landscaping of the 1000 acres was carried out by Capability Brown
  • The house was used during two world wars as a convalescent hospital
  • It is one of the 10 foremost historic houses in the country
  • Since 1996 part of the grounds have been used as the site of the village in the ITV soap opera 'Emmerdale'
  • More recently it was used as a location for the film version of 'Downton Abbey'
  • Today the House is still the home of the Lascelles family but the Estate is now managed by the 'Harewood House Trust' and is open to the public for most of the year, with access to the house and over 100 acres of gardens.
  • The Leeds Country Way and the White Rose Way footpaths pass through the Estate



       From the Archives   ..... previous walks around Harewood

     July 2011

We  set off in glorious sunshine


Michael, despite what you say I fear we are lost !! 

     Christmas Walk from Arthrington - 2012

The pressure of too many Christmas deliveries gets to George! 

Wendy & Freda enjoy the view over Wharfedale as we head for our Christmas lunch 

     March 2013

The 'A' party are on their way... all looking happy.

 The 'C' group looking less happy as they hit a muddy section within the Harewood Estate