A sunny day in Otley brought the crowds out to Wharfemeadows Park. The boat hire was doing a booming trade, though some people had brought their own craft, like the young boys in the bottom photo. It must be a relatively safe stretch of the River Wharfe. There is a weir but there was a safety rope across to prevent people rowing too close. You can, however, row a fair distance up the river, passing under the beautiful seven-arched bridge, a scheduled ancient monument, which in part is 800 years old.
There was a time when the river in Roberts Park in Saltaire would have been as busy this. As I noted yesterday, many years ago there used to be boats for hire in Saltaire too and a small passenger steamer for cruises up and down the river. (See HERE.)