This walk is part of the trek The Wakefield Way.
A nice walk from Kirkhamgate to Stanley using Wakefield Way.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
Start the walk on the Batley Road walking uphill to turn right along Brandy Carr Road.
(D) Continue on the lefthand side of the road to The Nooking. Turn left at this lane and continue to the footpath on the left. Follow this path across farmland to the motorway underpass. Continue up the track to the far end of the farm buildings. TURN SHARP RIGHT to walk along the RIGHTHAND SIDE of a hedge and ditch. Continue across the fields to a pair of old gateposts and then an open grassy area. Keep to the left to an enclosed path and a stile. At the end of the next field go over one set of a pair of stiles and into a path enclosed by fencing. Turn sharp left and climb uphill. Continue with a hedge/fence on your right to a gap in the fence. Go through the gap and continue along an enclosed path. The path widens to a track, then a tarmac road (Pilden Lane).
(1) At the end of the lane turn right onto Bradford Road (A650) and continue to the pedestrian crossing. Cross the A650 onto Thorpe Road. Cross Thorpe Road to the righthand pavement. Thorpe Road becomes Main Street. At Lawns Terrace turn right, signposted dead-end. At the entrance to the drive of the last house on the left, continue ahead along an indistinct field path. Follow the edge of the field around to the right to trees. Continue ahead, to a tarmac track and a bridge over the M1 motorway. Continue down to Lawns Lane. Turn left and follow Lawns Lane to the end
(2) Turn left for a few metres, then turn right along Castle Head Lane. Take the next minor road on the right (Lingwell Nook Lane) and enter Lofthouse Colliery Nature Park. Take the track on the left. Follow this track round until you reach a crossing of paths with a broad, uphill track on the right. We turn LEFT to follow a narrow footpath across a beck and uphill to the Lofthouse Golf Course. Continue straight on until the path bends left and passes between houses to reach a street. Turn right and keep straight ahead to the A61 Wakefield-Leeds road.
(3) Cross straight over and go through the wide gate opposite. Follow the footpath to the very bottom lefthand corner of the field and the embankment of the M62. The path crosses a beck and bears right to join a track. Turn left and continue to the road (B6135) and turn right, in a few metres keeping right again at the fork, along Lee Moor Lane. Where the road turns sharp right (Lee Moor Road), turn left along Fenton Lane, a broad track. Where it ends, go through the stile by the gate ahead and bear right with the hedge on your right. Continue straight forward along field edges to reach the A642. Cross the road and turn right. (A)
D : mi 0 - alt. 295ft - Batley Road
1 : mi 2.08 - alt. 430ft - Bradford Road
2 : mi 3.52 - alt. 322ft - Castle Head Lane
3 : mi 4.78 - alt. 299ft - Wide gate
A : mi 7.19 - alt. 69ft - Bottomboat
The Wakefield Way is a 70 mile, waymarked walking route around the Wakefield Metropolitan District and covers a wide variety of landscapes. The route is divided into 11 sections of varying length with start and end points accessible by public transport.
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