Nostell Priory Obelisk walk 3.3km

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

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Find the Boathouse at the end of the Lower Lake © National Trust/Chris Lacey

Find the Boathouse at the end of the Lower Lake

Take a stroll to the historic Obelisk Lodge © National Trust / Chris Lacey

Take a stroll to the historic Obelisk Lodge

 © National Trust / Chris Lacey

Route overview

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. 

Route details

See this step-by-step route marked on a map

Nostell Priory Obelisk Walk Map
  • Directions
  • Route
  • Bus stop
  • Parking
  • Toilet
  • Viewpoint

Start: Stable Courtyard

  1. From the Courtyard follow the drive past the front of the mansion. Continue past the mature trees until you reach the Boat House.

    Show/HideThe Boathouse

    The Boathouse looks magical in evening light and if you visit in high summer, you'll spot plenty of wildlife, from swans to damselflies.

    Find the Boathouse at the end of the Lower Lake © National Trust/Chris Lacey
  2. 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.

  3. Continue on the path up the gentle climb to reach Obelisk Lodge, the original gatehouse for the estate.

    Show/HideObelisk Lodge

    The impressive Obelisk Lodge was built in the 17th century and was still inhabited up to the late 1950s.

    Take a stroll to the historic Obelisk Lodge © National Trust / Chris Lacey
  4. 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.

    Show/HideHardwick Beck picnic area

    The Hardwick Beck picnic area is a perfect spot to enjoy your sandwiches in beautiful surroundings.

     © National Trust / Chris Lacey
  5. 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.

  6. 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
  • Terrain:

    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,

  • Facilities:

    Cafe, shop and toilets are all located in the courtyard.

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