Wakefield Walking Week

29/08/2017, PR8638

Wakefield Walking Week
Cllr Speight (centre) with mums on a buggy walk at Pontefract Park

​Residents and visitors are being encouraged to join in the first Wakefield Walking Week (September 4 – 10) and take the opportunity to explore the great outdoors.

The celebratory event encourages people of all ages and abilities to enjoy a stroll or join in a more vigorous walk in the district.

A packed programme of volunteer and instructor-led walks, ranging from short 30-minute walks to longer walks of up to two hours, are taking place right across the district.

Jacquie Speight, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport
Cllr Jacquie Speight, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport

​Cllr Jacquie Speight, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport at Wakefield Council, said: “Our district is home to some beautiful parks and trails, as well as to some fascinating urban landscapes.

“Wakefield Walking Week is a great opportunity to get out and enjoy our diverse places, so I’d urge everyone to get involved, join in and have fun.”

Walking is good for physical fitness and can also play a valuable part in boosting mental wellbeing. For more information on health walks and walking in your area please see: www.wakefield.gov.uk/walking.

People taking part in the walks are reminded to wear appropriate clothing and footwear, either training shoes or walking boots, to be prepared for all weather conditions and to bring some water with them.

Anyone with health concerns is advised to consult their GP before attending.

Events taking place during Wakefield Walking Week

Monday 4 September

Health Walk
Horbury weekly walk, 10.15am The Cluntergate Centre, Cluntergate, Horbury WF4 5DA.

Midday Mile
Public 1 mile walk, 12noon Wakefield One, Burton St, Wakefield, WF1 2EB.

Comets Buggy walks
Holmfield Arms weekly walk, 9.45am Denby Dale Road, Wakefield WF2 8DY. Meet in the 2nd car park on the left inside Thornes Park.

Health Walk
Kettlethorpe weekly walk, 2.15pm Standbridge Lane Community Centre, Standbridge Lane, WF2 7NP (approx. 30 to 90 mins).

Health Walk
Altofts weekly walk, 12 noon Methodist Church, Ship Corner WF6 2NJ, walk approx. 30 to 60 mins.

Health Walk
Glasshoughton Centre weekly walk, 10.30am Leeds Road, Castleford WF10 4PF (approx. 30 to 60 mins).

Tuesday 5 September

Nordic Walk
9.30am, Savile Park, Castleford Cricket Club car park.

Nordic Walk
10am, Nostell Priory top car park.

There is a £4 car parking charge for non-National Trust members.

Health Walk
New Southgate Surgery weekly walk, 9.15am for 9.30am Buxton Place (off Leeds Road), Wakefield WF1 3JQ.

Wednesday 6 September

Health Walk
Ossett weekly walk, 10am, War Memorial Community Centre, Prospect Road, WF5 8AN, walk approx. 30 to 90 mins.

Wakefield Historical Blue Plaque Walk
Wakefield One, Burton Street, Wakefield, WF1 2EB, 1pm – 3pm.

Thursday 7 September

Health Walk
Kinsley weekly walk, 10am Kinsley & Fitzwilliam Community Centre, Wakefield Road, Kinsley, WF9 5BP (approx. 30 to 60 mins).

Health Walk
SESKU Strolls’ weekly walk at 10am, meet at Lanes Café, Westfield Centre, Westfield Lane, South Elmsall WF9 2PU (approx. 30 to 60 mins).

Evening Nordic Walk
Nostell Priory 6pm -7pm – meet at car park on right.
There is a £4 car parking charge for non-National Trust members.

Friday 8 September

Midday Mile
Public 1 mile walk at 12noon Normanton Town Hall, High Street, Normanton, WF6 2DZ.

‘Discover Your District’ stall

Ossett Town Centre Market (8 Sept) & Wakefield Market (15 Sept)

Come along and find a map of a short walk in your area.

Health Walk

Lock Lane weekly walk, 10am Lock Lane Sports Centre, Castleford, WF10 2JU (approx. 60 to 90 mins).

Health Walk

Nostell Priory weekly walk, 10.30am Doncaster Road, Nostell, near Wakefield WF4 1QE (approx. 30 to 60 mins).

Comets Buggy Walk

Pontefract Racecourse weekly walk, 12.30pm Park Road, Pontefract, WF8 4QD, meets in the car park near the children’s playground.

Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 September


Weekend walks are available through Wakefield and District Ramblers Group
For more information see: www.ramblers.org.uk  

For more information on how physical activities such as walking can boost your mental wellbeing, visit www.wakefield.gov.uk/mentalhealth  

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