Days Out Wakefield

Walks & The Great Outdoors


We’ve picked some of our favourite family friendly walks in Wakefield – featuring woods, ponds, ducks, nature reserves and places it’s easy to push a buggy!!

 

Read our recommendations here 

 


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Finding suitable walks that have both paths suitable for prams and are dog-friendly can be quite daunting, but there’s so much more to do than circuits of your local park!  Local Leeds mum Rachel Girtchen, a.k.a. ‘Muddy Boots Mummy’ shares some of her favourite walks which are suitable for both!  (pram and pooch non-compulsory!)

 

Click here to find out her favourites

 

 

 

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Coxley Woods

Coxley Woods … these woods have it all!! Trees, stream, duck pond, dens, wild garlic and lots of bluebells … a perfect outdoor adventure for the whole family

 

Find out what we thought here

 

(Reviewed May 2020)

 

We love getting out and about in the fresh air and exploring the great outdoors with our family!! We bought a National Trust Family Membership when our little boy was sturdy on his feet and it has been used so many times over the last 3 years!

 

Click here to read our favourite places within 1 hour of Wakefield.

 

Whenever we go on a walk where there are ducks, they are always being fed by people of all ages! It is such a good activity to get some fresh air and run off some energy with the kids (as well as being FREE!!)

 

Read our recommendations here

 


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Pugneys Country Park

Dinosaurs at Pugneys!! Discover dinosaurs with Love Exploring App at Pugneys Country Park

 

Find out what we thought here

 

(Reviewed November 2019)

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Wakefield Story Trails

There are now four Story Trails around Wakefield District with the newest one being added to Pontefract Park!! There’s Room on the Broom at Angler’s, Blown Away at Pugney’s, Gnome Roam at Newmillerdam and now Peter’s Peregrine at Pontefract Park. They are a great way to walk as a family as well as discover the new stories together! 

 

Room on the Broom at Angler’s Country Park

Follow the Room on the Broom trail at Anglers Country Park. You can purchase activity packs from the Visitor’s Centre for £2. From the centre you’ll follow the trail and find all the story sculptures of this much loved Julia Donaldson book!!

The route is fine for normal buggies but the path does get a bit muddy!

Cafe and adventure playground next to the Visitors Centre

 

Parking charges apply

Haw Park Lane, Wintersett, Wakefield, WF4 2EB

 

 

 


Peter’s Lost Peregrine at Pontefract Park

The trail follows a circular route on the 2 mile path around the race course starting at the playground. The wooden sculptures are large, great for climbing and taking photos. Each sculpture is accompanied by a plaque telling you the next part of the rhyming story!

The story follows Peter’s search for his lost Peregrine and he bumps into many animals along the way! As well as listening to the story, children can practise their animal names and the sounds they make!!

For a full review click here

 

Free parking

Pontefract Park, Park Side, Pontefract, WF8 4RD

 

 


Gnome Roam at Newmillerdam Country Park

Perfect place to feed the ducks, get your wellies muddy and enjoy the great outdoors. Paths suitable for pushchairs and bikes, it is likely to be muddy in Autumn & Winter months though so be prepared!

Take part in the Gnome Roam, find the sculptures and help Gnome Tony find his gnome friends and the bear that has scared them all away! Download the activity sheet here

Ice cream van often in car park

 

Car park charges apply

Newmillerdam, Wakefield WF2 6QQ

 


Blown Away at Pugneys Country Park

At Pugneys Country Park there is a children’s adventure trail based on the book ‘Blown Away’ by local author – download the activity sheet here

Have fun taking your photo in the picture boards, solving the puzzles, sailing the boat and hunting down the wind!

Good paths for bikes, pushchairs and wheelchairs. There is also an outdoor adventure playground for the children.

Hire running buggies and take a ride on the miniature railway (charges apply)

 

Parking charges apply

Asdale Road, Denby Dale Road, Wakefield, WF2 7EQ

 


For more ideas of walking with children in and around Wakefield … click here

Alverthorpe Meadows & Wrenthorpe Park

Alverthorpe Meadows & Wrenthorpe Park consists of grassland, woodland and ponds.

There is a children’s playground and football pitch as well as surfaced paths perfect for buggy walking and bike riding.

Boardwalks and bridges have been built over ponds for wildlife spotting

 

 

Free parking off Wrenthorpe Lane

Wrenthorpe Lane,Wrenthorpe, Wakefield, WF2 0HY

Anglers Country Park

The lake was once the deepest opencast mine in the UK!

At the visitor’s centre you can hire running buggies and bikes for the whole family including bike trailers for the tiniest!

Follow the Room on the Broom trail at Anglers Country Park. You can purchase activity packs from the Visitor’s Centre for £2. From the centre you’ll follow the trail, find sculptures, look for animal footprints, trace rubbings and have fun doing activities along the way.

Cafe and adventure playground next to the Visitors Centre

 

Parking charges apply

Haw Park Lane, Wintersett, Wakefield, WF4 2EB

 

Fitzwilliam Country Park

Formerly a drift mine, landscaped in 1991 and transformed into a country park consisting of wide open spaces, woodland, amenity grassland and ponds, managed to protect and improve its habitats for the benefit of wildlife.

 

Marked paths suitable for walkers, cyclist and buggies. Platforms around the ponds for pond dipping!

 

Free parking off Wentworth Terrace (close to Fitzwilliam train station)

Wentworth Terrace, Fitzwilliam, Pontefract, WF9 5BZ

Haw Park Wood

Just down the road from Anglers Country Park the woodland is largely covered by conifers but there is an aim to return the woodland to oak.

 

There are lots of wide paths and circular walks of differing lengths and even a small Pixie Village where the centre paths merge.

These woods are perfect for exploring, learning to ride your bike and buggies!

 

Parking available at Anglers Country Park (payable)

Haw Park Lane, Wintersett, Wakefield, WF4 2EB

Heath Common

This is a large grassland with areas of scrub, and is a conservation area of historic and architectural importance. You can walk freely over all areas of the common!

 

The annual kite festival is held on the common every September.

 

Close to the car park is Heath Tea Rooms and the Kings Arms Pub which make a great stop for Sunday lunch after a walk!

 

Free Parking

Heath Common, Wakefield, WF1 5SL

Hemsworth Water Park

I have a strong memory of visiting Hemsworth Water Park as a child with my Auntie. We didn’t live in the area so we had never been before. We had a great time, now that we live nearby I can’t wait to tale mini  mumbler here this summer, it looks even better now and has had some investment no doubt.

Charges & Opening Times Easter to the End of September

Playworld

Open from 9:30am to 6:00pm on weekends and school holidays

Open from 11:00am to 6:00pm term time

Please note that Playworld is open in the October holidays from 10am to 3pm.

– Entry into Playworld is £3.00 per child
– Free entry into Playworld for adults and children under 2 years

Marine Craft
11:00am to 6:00pm weekends and school holidays

Pedalo rides – paddle boards, mambo canoes and ocean duo canoes
– £1.00 per person

Beach Shop 9:15am to 6:00pm weekends and school holidays Selling ice-creams, drinks, cakes, confectionery and buckets and spades

Please note that the Lakeside Café is open for a full café style menu from 11:00am to 4:30pm weekends and school holidays and 11:00am to 3:00pm term time all year round

Car Parking 9:00am to 5:00pm weekends and school holidays £3.00 per vehicle

Free parking for Disabled Blue Badge Permit Holders

Fishing
– Available all year round, dawn to dusk
– Adult day permit – £4.50 per peg
– Child’s day permit – £2.50 per peg

Fishing matches can be booked through the administration office on 01977 617617.

All opening times are subject to weather. During periods of changeable weather please ring 01977 617617 to confirm availability.

Concessions for local residents
Residents of Hemsworth, Fitzwilliam or Kinsley are entitled to a permit for a reduction in the cost of some of the facilities that are available at the Water Park. To obtain a permit you should visit the Community Centre with a document showing your name and address. For £2.00 per household each person will be given their own permit which entitles the holder to unlimited free entry into Playworld and reduced price day and annual fishing tickets. You will also be issued with a pass for free parking at the Water Park. Residents aged thirteen or under can obtain a Water Park permit free of charge.

Lofthouse Colliery Nature Park

Restored in the 1980’s this original old pit site consists of woodland, heathland, playing fields and a pond.

There’s a good selection of surfaced paths for buggy walking or riding bikes and most of the paths around the site are named after the various coal seams that were worked at Lofthouse Colliery.

 

Read our walk review here

 

Lofthouse, Wakefield, WF3 3TE

Newmillerdam Country Park

Perfect place to feed the ducks, get your wellies muddy and enjoy the great outdoors. Paths suitable for pushchairs and bikes, it is likely to be muddy in Autumn & Winter months though so be prepared!

Take part in the Gnome Roam, find the sculptures and complete the activities and challenges as you go. Download the activity sheet here

Ice cream van often in car park

 

Car park charges apply

Newmillerdam, Wakefield WF2 6QQ

Nostell Priory, National Trust

Managed by the National Trust. Built on the site of a medieval priory, Nostell has been the home of the Winn family for 300 years.

Visitors can explore 121 hectares (300 acres) of parkland with a range of walks and views. Gardens include lakeside walks, a newly planted orchard and an adventure playground.

 

Access to much of the parkland is free, parking charges apply.

Entry fees apply to non-NT members to the house, adventure playground and gardens

7am – 7pm (last entry 6pm)

Doncaster Road, Nostell, Wakefield WF4 1QE

Notton Wood

A great wood for woodland walks.

 

Carrier only as paths narrow

 

The wood can be reached on foot from Notton Village, Lee Lane, New Royston and from Keeper Lane, Notton. Limited parking is available on the roadside on Keeper Lane, Notton

Keeper Lane, Notton, Wakefield, WF4 2PB

Pontefract Park

Just a mile north of the town centre, Pontefract Park holds around 20 events each year and is home to a racecourse, with around 16 race meetings a year between April and October. If you just want a leisurely stroll or a quick jog around the park, then Pontefract Park is an ideal place to visit.

 

Includes sports pitches and a large enclosed playground with a lake to feed ducks and boating!

 

Home to the free Parkrun and Junior Parkrun every week.

 

Free parking

Park Side, Pontefract, WF8 4RD

Pugneys Country Park

At the Pugneys Watersports Centre you can try your hand at a fantastic range of activities including a children’s adventure trail based on the book ‘Blown Away’ by local author – download the activity sheet here and also spot dinosaurs using the Love Exploring App (read our review here and how to access the app)

Good paths for bikes, pushchairs and wheelchairs. There is also an outdoor adventure playground for the children.

Hire running buggies and take a ride on the miniature railway (charges apply)

 

 

Parking charges apply

Call: 01924 302 360

Asdale Road, Denby Dale Road, Wakefield, WF2 7EQ

RSPB Fairburn Ings & St Aidan’s

You can enjoy the beauty of the lake on a circular walk at any time. There are always plenty of opportunities to spot birds and wildlife.

The visitors centre and small cafe

Children can take part in pond dipping during Spring & Summer months

 

9:30am – 4pm

Access is free, parking charges apply

Newton Lane, Castleford, WF10 2BH

Seckar Woods

The woodland comprises of ancient woodland and lowland heathland and is perfect for children to play eye spy as they walk around the woods. There is also a walled pond in the centre of the woods which was built in the 1930s as a swimming pool!

 

Read our review here

 

Free parking

Seckar Lane, Woolley, Wakefield, WF4 2LE

Southern Washlands Nature Corridor

The Southern Washlands Nature Corridor sites approx 1 miles east of the City and has open water, swamp, marshy grassland, neutral grassland scrub and woodland over a series of four countryside sites.

The individual areas stretch from Stanley Ferry Flash in the North, through Parkhill and the Southern Washlands Nature Reserve, to Half Moon and the Ashfields in the South.

 

For a map of the area – click here

For four easy walks in the area – click here

 

Free parking available at Heath Common (WF1 5SL) & Balk Avenue (WF3 4LS)

Stanley Marsh

You can take the circular path around the lake through lovely woodland! There are lots of ducks, bird and wildlife to spot along the way!

 

Free parking

Lime Pit Lane, WF3 4DF

Thornes Park

Thornes Park is Wakefield’s main open space consisting of 60 hectares of open space.

As well as two playgrounds, there is a bike park, a bird aviary, duck pond, miniature railway (chargeable, operating most weekends) sports courts and a 2 mile circular path that follows the perimeter.

The site also houses Thornes Park Athletics Stadium and hosts Thornes Park Park Run and Junior Park Run.

 

Thornes Road, Wakefield, WF2 8QD

Upton Country Park

With wetland areas with fishing ponds, woodland, scrub and grassland and surfaced paths throughout the park for walking and cycling this is a great one to stretch the legs! There’s also an adventure playground and playing fields too.

 

The library is on the edge of the park where there is free parking, a cafe and toilets.

 

Upton, Pontefract, WF9 2DZ

Walton Colliery Nature Park

On the former site of Sharlston West Colliery, this is a brilliant park for buggy walking / running, riding bikes and taking a family walk!

The main paths are wide and mostly flat as they wind around the different ponds and lakes, with lots of ducks, geese and swans, with three coloured routes of distances between 0.5 – 3 miles.

 

Read our review here

 

Free Parking

Off Shay Lane, Walton, WF2 6NB

Wentworth Castle Gardens, Barnsley S75 3

Located in Barnsley, South Yorkshire Wentworth Castle Gardens is perfect for a relaxing family day out. Whether you want to explore the parkland or take a stroll through our historic gardens, there is something for the whole family to enjoy. We guarantee a warm Yorkshire welcome too.

We are open:

10am-5pm every day until October.
For up-to-date winter hours Call: 01226 776040

Yorkshire Sculpture Park

YSP welcomes families and aims to be as family-friendly as possible. In the open air, children are free to run around, making the most of our 500 acres of historic parkland.

 

Families will also enjoy walks in the newly restored lakes and woodland where they’ll discover bridges, follies and incredible historical features including a Greek-style summer house, a now land-locked Boat House, an Obelisk, Stepping Stones and a magical Shell Grotto.

 

Facilities for families include:
Baby changing at YSP Centre, YSP Learning and the Bothy Gallery
Highchairs in the Restaurant and Café
Family-friendly food and drink, unlimited tap water
Picnic areas
Pocket money souvenirs and affordable children’s accessories available to purchase in the YSP Shop and Café

 

Downloads for families
Downloads are available to enhance the family experience- click here
For more resources, including downloadable tours and podcasts visit the Learning section

 

Family events
There are regular family-friendly events to take part in at YSP. Find out about upcoming activities

Please see our school holiday section and events calendar for details of events for families and Children plus lots of open spaces indoors and out for all ages to enjoy, a great family day out!

 

FREE entry (parking charges apply and some events also have a charge)

West Bretton, Wakefield, WF4 4LG