Getting out into the big outdoors

Bike along the route originally designed for horse and carriages © National Trust / Chris Lacey

Bike along the route originally designed for horse and carriages

Here at Nostell we have plenty of things to see and do with a range of activities running throughout the year and trails to download. With the new Carriageway and Hardwick Beck paths now complete, there are all-weather routes to explore the parkland in every season. 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 Lodge walk

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

  • Obelisk Lodge run

    Get your trainers on and take in the fresh air on this 4.5km run to Obelisk Lodge.

Activities at Nostell


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 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 or the beginners running group on Monday evenings, organised by Ackworth Road Runners.


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. Look out for the easy led cycle rides organised by Wakefield Disrict Cycle Forum every first Tuesday and third Sunday of the month.


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 to find out all you need to know.

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.