Activities at Nostell Priory

 Children in a den at Nostell Priory, West Yorkshire

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.

Sports and activities

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. With all-weather paths that stretch up to Obelisk Lodge, you can explore the parkland whatever the season.


With over 300 acres of parkland to explore the Nostell estate is the perfect place for a gentle jog or longer run. Follow the paths through peaceful woodland, enjoy lakeside views and discover the Obelisk Lodge. If you need a bit of motivation to get you going, we have a Saturday morning parkrun throughout the year and a beginners running club on Monday evenings, April - September. Check our what's on page for details.


There are plenty of routes through the estate to explore on two wheels. Visit our stables courtyard where you will find secure cycle racks and essential tools to borrow for any running repairs.

We now have bikes to hire on selected days, charged at £3 for 1 hour and £5 for 2 hours, including a helmet. Check our what's on page for upcoming dates.

If you like riding with company, look out for the easy led cycle rides organised by Wakefield Disrict Cycle Forum every first Tuesday and third Sunday of the month.

Practice your bike skills at one of our cycling events
Boy riding his bike in front on Nostell's vista


Nostell parkland is an ideal place to bring the family for a walk in the fresh air through rolling landscapes, woodland and meadows. 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. 
We've two great trails to download below, which take in some of Nostell's stunning views. 


Joint the digital treasure hunt and find the caches at Nostell - we have more than ten in the parkland!
Not tried it before? Don't have a GPS unit? Then join one of our organised events where you can borrow a Garmin handset, learn the basics and try out our taster caches.

Den building

Create your own secret hideaway and tick off one of those '50 Things to do before you're ¾'. Head to Joiner's Wood where you'll find handy tips on the best sticks for your woodland structure. Simply have a go or join one of our organised events.