These walks are designed to encourage people to go out and walk, to improve their health at the same time as discovering the green and open spaces on their doorstep.
The Wakefield Way
The Wakefield Way is a 70 mile walk around the rural boundary of Wakefield which 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.
Wakefield Way Information Board
The Wakefield Way is split into 11 walks and can be walked in a number of stages:
Anglers Country Park to Notton. Distance 6.23 miles (10km)
Notton to Bretton. Distance 6.51 miles (10.47km)
Bretton to Horbury Bridge. Distance 8.52 miles (14.16km)
Horbury Bridge to Kirkhamgate. Distance 5.47 miles (9.61km)
Kirkhamgate to Stanley. Distance 6.59 miles (10.6km)
Stanley to Castleford. Distance 7.2 miles (11.82km)
Castleford to Pontefract. Distance 3.59 miles (5.76km)
Pontefract to Thorpe Audlin. Distance 7.3 miles (11.8km)
Thorpe Audlin to South Elmsall. Distance 5.3 miles (8.47km)
South Elmsall to Hemsworth bypass. Distance 7.14 miles (11.5km)
Hemsworth Bypass to Anglers Country Park. Distance 6.41 miles (10.31km)
Trans Pennine Trail
Trans Pennine Trail is the first long distance multi-user trail in the UK. Stretching the breadth of Northern England, from the Irish Sea to the North Sea, it is a journey of 215 miles (346km).
Added to this are the north/south route options, between Leeds, York and Chesterfield, making around 350 miles (560km) of signed route to follow along a mixture of well surfaced canal and railway paths, tracks and bridleways, footpaths, cycle lanes and minor roads.
Knottingley Discovery Trail
A family friendly walk with a fun quiz to do along the way -
see the leaflet
We've produced a guided tour around one of the finest and historically most important areas in the district.
Your host Dave Mee and his walking companion Diane provide an entertaining accompaniment to your trip, where you’ll hear how David Attenborough’s hero Charles Waterton established the world’s first ever nature reserve here.
As you walk you’ll follow Podcast markers to keep you on track on your discovery trail of wildlife, bare-foot tree climbing, poachers, anaesthetics and cobblers!
Other long walks
Over half the UK population lives within five miles of a canal or river and some Doctors actively ‘prescribe’ a walk on the local waterway to lower blood pressure and feel better.
A simple step onto the towpath and you’re a whole world away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The perfect place to take a deep breath, shrug off the noise and enjoy a rejuvenating walk.
Waking along local canals is a great way to de-stress and is a good way to work off the calories – experts reckon just 30 minutes a day is enough to help you feel fitter.
Water ways walking routes