Nostell Priory family cycle trail

Nostell Priory and Parkland, Doncaster Road, Wakefield, WF4 1QE

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Families riding their bikes at Nostell Priory 

Families riding their bikes at Nostell Priory

Lower lake at Nostell Priory, West Yorkshire. © NTPL/National Trust Images/John Millar

Lower lake at Nostell Priory, West Yorkshire.

Cyclists at Nostell  © NTPL/Classlane Media

Cyclists at Nostell

Route overview

Built on the site of a medieval priory, Nostell Priory and Parklands 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. This cycle trail takes you through Angler's Country Park, named after Charles Waterton, the famous 19th century naturalist.  

Route details

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Nostell Priory Cycle Trail
  • Directions
  • Route
  • Bus stop
  • Parking
  • Toilet
  • Viewpoint

Start: The Stable Block, grid ref: SE407172

  1. Cycle past the house, down the slope to the lower lake and boat house.

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    Enjoy the gentle slope and views back up to the house.

    Families riding their bikes at Nostell Priory © NTPL/Crown Copyright and database rights 2013, ordnance survey
  2. Just after the lakeside path, follow the track to the left. Go through the small wooden gate to the left and turn left. Follow the access road to the main A638.

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    Careful as you approach the A638.

    Lower lake at Nostell Priory, West Yorkshire. © NTPL/National Trust Images/John Millar
  3. Turn right onto the A638 and take the left in approx 200m, at the public footpath sign. Follow the track straight ahead for approx 100m, bear left and left again along a narrow path. In a further 100m, bear right up the slope through a small wood. Continue straight-ahead, passing a lake on the left. At the cross tracks straight ahead pass under railway line then bear right.

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    Enjoy the shade of the wood as you pedal uphill.

    Cyclists at Nostell  © NTPL/Classlane Media
  4. Take the next left, through some woodlands (the route of an old railway). Follow this straight ahead going under a bridge and straight on over the cross tracks under another bridge, then turn right at the T-junction down Long Dam Lane.

  5. Follow the road straight ahead to the T-junction on to Ferry Top Lane, passing the Angler's Retreat pub on the right, then take the next right down Haw Park Lane to arrive at Angler's Visitor's Centre.

  6. Cycle towards the lake. The choice is yours, left or right hand side of the lake. At the far end of the lake take the track straight ahead away from the lake. The path takes you across a minor road and around the edge of a field. As you leave the field turn right onto an old concrete road.

  7. Follow this road until you turn left back under the train line, at the next cross tracks turn right up the slope and then through the access road at Nostell Brickworks. When you reach the main road, turn left onto Swine Lane and next left at the T-junction onto Garmil Head Lane.

  8. When you reach the main road (CROSS WITH CARE), go straight ahead through the pedestrian/cycle entrance to the grounds. Follow the road left to the courtyard café and toilet facilities. Cyclists are entitled to a free cup of tea or coffee, just ask at reception for a voucher.

End: The Stable Block, grid ref: SE407172

  • Trail: Cycling
  • Grade: Moderate
  • Distance: 9 miles
  • Time: 120 mins
  • OS Map: Explorer 278
  • Terrain:

    Circular route through parkland, over grass paths, farm tracks, following some minor roads and crossing one main road.

  • How to get here:

    By bike: National Cycle Network route 67, 3 miles

    By road: A638, 5 miles south east of Wakefield towards Doncaster

    By bus: services from Wakefield to Doncaster

    By train: Fitzwilliam 1.5 miles

  • Facilities:

    Toilets, cafe, shop, cycle storage and cycle maintenance area

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