Obelisk Walk

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

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A peaceful place on a sunny day © Matthew Antrobus

A peaceful place on a sunny day

There are lots of things to see and do at Nostell Priory © National Trust Images / John Millar

There are lots of things to see and do at Nostell Priory

View of the house from Engine Lane © Janet Bradley

View of the house from Engine Lane

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, damselflie, 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

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Nostell, 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/HideBoat House and Lower Lake

    Enjoy wonderful views across the Lower Lake.

  2. Turn left onto the wooded path following the edge of the Lake. Where this path meets the track turn left again and then right through the wooden gate. Now follow the grass track around the edge of the meadow.

    Show/HideDruid's Bridge

    From the lakeside path there's a great view of the restored stone clapper bridge and the cascade from the Middle Lake.

    A peaceful place on a sunny day © Matthew Antrobus
  3. Continue on the grass track and you will gently climb to Obelisk Lodge

    Show/HideObelisk Lodge

    This 17th-century gatehouse was once the main entrance to Nostell and was lived in until the 1950s.

  4. Continue round the perimeter of the meadow. Go through the gate and turn left following the track and then turn right through the next gate and follow the line of the wall. This is known as Engine Lane.

    Show/HideEngine Wood

    This predominantly oak woodland is the ex-home of an old pumping station used to pump water from the pits.

    There are lots of things to see and do at Nostell Priory © National Trust Images / John Millar
  5. Turn right through the farm gate on the right. Here you will see stunning views of the mansion. Walk straight up the vista back to the Courtyard.

    Show/HideHa Ha

    The sunken wall is known as a Ha Ha, in its centre you can see the remains of an extended runway that was built to accomodate Charles Winn's plane in the 1930s.

    View of the house from Engine Lane © Janet Bradley

End: Stable Courtyard

  • Trail: Walking
  • Grade: Moderate
  • Distance: 2.5 miles
  • Time: 60 minutes
  • Terrain:

    The majority of the route is over grazing pasture and depending on the weather there may be muddy sections so sturdy footwear and suitable clothing is required. There are gentle slopes in parts and possible grazing cattle. 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/

  • Facilities:

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

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