This walk is part of the trek The Wakefield Way.
A nice and easy walk mostly on Wakefield Way and along the Aire & Calder Navigation.
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.
(D) From the A642 turn down Bottom Boat Road, following signs for the Trans Pennine Trail (TPT). Bottom Boat North. Just past the converted chapel on the right, turn right (TPT Stanley South). Immediately before the car park at William Lamb’s factory turn right through a stile by a gate and head across the field towards a large pylon. The path picks up a hedge on the left and then a high wall with houses. Reaching a tarmac drive, cross the entrance into Lake Yard and follow the wall on the left, soon turning right along a field edge. Follow the bank of the Calder for a short distance crossing three footbridges and a boardwalk. Cross the cement footbridge and bear right with the metal fence of the Water Treatment Works on your left. Cross the entrance to the WTW and continue with the hedge on your left towards a farm, joining a tarmac access road on the way. Pass to the right of the bungalow and bear slightly right through the yard to a kissing gate beside a large gate.
(1) Turn left along the track, an old railway line, signed T PT Stanley Ferry South. At the next road, cross straight over into the driveway to The Stanley Ferry and walk towards the pub building. Pass to the right of the pub, follow the tarmac road as it bends right, walk along the left hand edge of the car park and bear left up to the canal. Turn right and follow the canal to a footbridge, Ramsdens Bridge, and cross. Turn left towards the cottages. Stay on the path between the canal and cottages and head for the pedestrian footbridge over the Calder. Cross over the footbridge and follow the canal under Altofts Bridge. Follow the towing path past Birkwood Lock, King’s Road Lock and under the M62. After a time the canal forks and you follow the Old Cut to pass under Fairies Hill Viaduct. At the wharf by Tarmac fork right along a track with a green metal fence on the left; follow the fence to the entrance into the wharf.
(2) Cross the access road and follow the path around the fence. When the path forks, bear right and follow the clear path, wire fence and beck on right. At the entrance to Whitwood Golf Club, bear slightly left along a wide grassy path, signed Methley Bridge 1 mile. Keep on this path as it follows the golf course on the left, the railway line soon appears on the right. At the end of the course, the path bears left through the trees , still with the course on the left and railway on the right. At the green public footpath sign turn right and carefully cross the railway line. Through the gate and straight on heading for the arch under the disused railway line; over the stile. Turn left for 150 metres, then right along the new cycleway to pass under the road bridge.
(3) Through the yard of Methley Bridge Boat Club and through a kissing gate which gives access to the flood bank of the river. Walk along this until reaching a kissing gate. Through the gate and fork left off the flood bank, staying by the river, and houses on the right. Pass the confluence of the Calder and the Aire and keep by the river until the way is blocked by a brick wall. Turn right to the road, cross straight over and walk up the street opposite passing to the left of Castleford Parish Church. Cross the main road and, immediately after the New Junction pub, turn left along Carlton Street. Cross it and turn right through arches in the row of shops, keeping straight on along the paved way to Castleford Station.(A)
To go to the bus station, do not turn along Carlton Street but carry straight on past the shops - the bus station is on the left.
D : mi 0 - alt. 144ft - A642
1 : mi 1.28 - alt. 72ft - Track
2 : mi 5.08 - alt. 66ft - Access road
3 : mi 6.48 - alt. 43ft - Methley Bridge Boat Club
A : mi 8.16 - alt. 66ft - Castleford Station
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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