The Wakefield Way

The Wakefield Way is a 70 mile walk around the Wakefield Metropolitan District. It takes the walker through attractive undulating countryside of fields and woodland, stretches of water, country estates, charming villages and unexpected views. The walk visits places of historical interest and sites of Wakefield’s industrial past.

Technical sheet
No. 3703964
A Wintersett walk posted on 30/07/20 by Wakefield Council. Update : 30/07/20
Author's time Author's time : 11 days
Distance Distance : 74.79mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 3130ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 3274ft
Highest point Highest point : 545ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 30ft
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : No
Walking Walking
Location Location : Wintersett
Starting point Starting point : N 53.632774° / W 1.43504°
Arrival Arrival : N 53.638668° / W 1.43428°

Step by step walk

CThis walk needs several days, please find the details below.

Anglers Country Park to Notton

Nice walk from Anglers Country Park to Notton passing by wood, hill and dam.

Notton to West Bretton Country Park

Lovely walk from Notton to West Bretton Country Park passing on some Wakefield Way section.

Bretton Country Park to Horbury Bridge

Starting from Bretton Country Park Visitor Centre, this walk will lead you to Horbury Bridge through woodland, Overton and Middlestown.

Horbury Bridge to Kirkhamgate

Nice walk from Horbury Bridge along River Calder to Kirkhamgate using mainly Wakefield Way and Kirkless Way.

Kirkhamgate to Stanley

A nice walk from Kirkhamgate to Stanley using Wakefield Way.

Stanley to Castleford

A nice and easy walk mostly on Wakefield Way and along the Aire & Calder Navigation.

Castleford to Pontefract

An easy linear walk from Castleford Bus Station to Pontefract Bus Station.

Pontefract to Thorpe Audlin

From Pontefract to Thorpe Audlin using mostly the Wakefield Way.

Thorpe Audlin to South Elmsall Station

Thorpe Audlin to South Elmsall Station using mostly Wakefield Way.

South Elmsall to Hemsworth Bypass

Nice walk from South Elmsall to Hemsworth Bypass passing by fields, hills and parks.

Henswmorth Bypass to Anglers Country Park

Easy walk from Henswmorth Bypass to Anglers Country Park using mostly Wakefield Way.

Useful Information

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

During the walk or to do/see around

The Wakefield Way has been devised and waymarked by the Wakefield Group of the Ramblers’ Association in liaison with Wakefield Council and is based upon a route originally suggested by Douglas Cossar of the Ramblers’ Association in 2004

Formed in 1935 to encourage factory workers into the countryside, The Ramblers Association has campaigned throughout its history to maintain, improve and map the walking environment for all users. Today we continue to oversee the footpath network and pursue countryside issues to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all walkers. Adoption by Ordnance Survey of The Wakefield Way is another example of the daily work the Ramblers undertake and fund.

Wakefield Metropolitan District is known for its countryside, farmland and many historical villages. Since the closure of the coal mines in the latter part of the 20th century, the area has boosted its number of country parks, nature reserves, and wildlife areas to 69. In addition to farmland and woodland, this means you are never far from scenic Yorkshire countryside. High among these places of natural beauty is the Yorkshire Sculpture Park at West Bretton. The Wakefield Way only touches on some of these areas so there are many more of interest within the boundary, for you to discover.

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Nice walk from Anglers Country Park to Notton passing by wood, hill and dam.

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Notton and Newmillerdam Circular
distance 5.84mi Vertical gain +210ft Vertical drop -200ft Durée 2h50 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Notton - West Yorkshire

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