Activities

Sports and activities

Families riding their bikes at Nostell Priory 

Families riding their bikes at Nostell Priory

Here at Nostell we have plenty of things to see and do with a whole range of activities running throughout the year. As part of the National Trust’s joint partnership with Sport England we’ve lots of opportunities to try different sporting activities within our grounds. So whether you fancy a gentle jog around the parkland or a cycle ride further afield come and find out what exciting activities Nostell has to offer.

Look out on our events page to see what's coming up.

Trails and maps

  • Family cycle trail

    Explore the parkland and wider estate by bike and enjoy our family cycle trail.

  • Obelisk Walk

    Discover the eyecatching Obelisk Lodge on this beautiful walk in the parkland.

Activities at Nostell

Walking

Walkers in the woodlands at Nostell Priory  © National Trust

With rolling countryside, woods and tracks, Nostell parkland is an ideal place to bring the family for a walk in the fresh air. Grab a map and follow our marked trails to explore for yourself, or join one of our many guided walks if you prefer to walk in company.

Running

Running group © Gareth Wilson

With over 300 acres of parkland to explore the Nostell estate is the perfect place for a gentle jog or longer run. Follow our marked trails to pass through peaceful woodland, enjoy lakeside views and discover the Obelisk Lodge. Join in the Saturday morning parkrun and maybe work towards to the 10K race in July, in partnership with Ackworth Road Runners.

Cycling

Cyclist at Nostell © Classlane Media

Cycling is an excellent way to explore the Nostell parkland and local countryside. Download our free family cycle trail or visit our stables courtyard where you will find secure cycle racks and essential tools to borrow for any running repairs. We also offer a free cup of tea in the stables tearooms to anyone arriving by bike! Look out for the easy led cycle rides organised by Wakefield Disrict Cycle Forum every first Tuesday and third Sunday of the month.

Geocaching

Join the digital treasure hunt © John Millar

Joint the digital treasure hunt and find the caches at Nostell. Not tried it before? Don't have a GPS unit? Then join one of our organised events, borrow a Garmin handset and try out our taster caches.

Orienteering

Family orienteering © David Levenson

‘Explore the park, find the markers, complete the challenge, have fun together’.
Xplorer is a fun family challenge combining a healthy mix of physical activity and decision making. Using a simple map of the park the aim is to find the points marked on the map and write down the name of the secret animal or colour depending on the course.
Pick up a map from reception and get hunting!

Den building

Having fun den building © National Trust/Julie Tucker

Build your own secret hideaway and tick off one of those '50 things', build a den in Joiner's Wood. Simply have a go or join one of our organised events.

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