Nostell Priory Obelisk walk 3.3km
Nostell Priory and Parkland, Doncaster Road, Wakefield, WF4 1QERoute details and mapDownload as a print friendly PDF
The parkland is a mosaic of interconnecting habitats, with pockets of semi natural ancient woodlands, traditional grazing pasture and wild flower meadows. In summer the meadow is awash with colour attracting insects such as dragonflies, damselflies, butterflies and bees. During a winter visit you may hear the knocking of a lesser spotted green woodpecker ringing out in the mature oak trees.
The impressive Obelisk Lodge, built in the 17th century, was still inhabited up to the late 1950's. This gatehouse was the main entrance to the parkland up to 1866 until the building of Nostell train station prompted the use of the entrance by Wragby Lodge via the A638.
- Bus stop
Start: Stable Courtyard
From the Courtyard follow the drive past the front of the mansion. Continue past the mature trees until you reach the Boat House.
The Boathouse looks magical in evening light and if you visit in high summer, you'll spot plenty of wildlife, from swans to damselflies.
Follow the path straight on though woodland until you reach a wooden gate. Go through the gate and continue straight on to the Carriageway path.
Continue on the path up the gentle climb to reach Obelisk Lodge, the original gatehouse for the estate.
The impressive Obelisk Lodge was built in the 17th century and was still inhabited up to the late 1950s.
Turn right and follow the grass track along the perimeter of the meadow until you get to a sharp bend. If you've brought your sarnies and flask, you can go through the gate on the left to enjoy the Hardwick Beck picnic area.
The Hardwick Beck picnic area is a perfect spot to enjoy your sandwiches in beautiful surroundings.
To continue your walk, follow the bend to the right and follow the path until you reach a T-junction. Turn right and continue until find yourself back at the Boathouse Bridge.
Turn left to go over Boathouse Bridge and continue along the path, past the house until you get back to the Courtyard.
End: Stable Courtyard
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- Trail: Walking
- Grade: Easy
- Distance: 2 miles (3.3km)
- Time: 60 minutes
The route is all on surfaced paths, so is suitable to feet and wheels! There are gentle slopes in parts and possible grazing cattle in the surrounding pasture land. Dogs are welcome on a lead.
- How to get here:
By foot; via pedestrian entrnace on the A638
By road; on the A638 5 miles south-east of Wakefield towards Doncaster.
By bus; Arriva 496 Wakefield to Doncaster, Arriva 495 and 185, B line 123, 223 from Wakefield. Traveline 0871 200 2223, http://www.traveline.info/
Cafe, shop and toilets are all located in the courtyard.
- Telephone: 01924 863892
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/nostell-priory/visitor-information/