GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Wakefield Wheel

38 miles (61 km)

This 38 mile circular cycle route explores the parks, countryside and villages surrounding the West Yorkshire town of Wakefield.
On the route you'll pass several of the highlights of the area including Pugneys Country Park, Newmillerdam Country Park, Wintersett Reservoir, Anglers Country Park, Nostell Priory, the Barnsley Canal and the Wakefield Aire and Calder Canal. There's woodland paths, lots of waterside sections and some off road mountain bike trails to enjoy on the way.
As a circular ride there are several good access points but this ride starts off at the car park at Pugneys Country Park and first heads south east to Newmillerdam. Here you pick up a dismantled railway line and continue to the Barnsley Canal before turning north to Haw Park Wood, Wintersett Reservoir, Anglers Country Park and Nostell Priory. The route then continues north to Sharlston and Normanton before reaching the canal at Altofts Ings. You can then follow the towpath south west to Stanley Ferry where you'll pass the Stanley Marshes Nature Reserve with its lake and birdlife. You continue through Lofthouse Gate, Lingwell Gate, Kirkhamgate and Gawthorpe. This section passes close to Ardsley Reservoir.
The final section heads south through Ossett and Horbury before crossing the River Calder and returning to Pugneys.

Wakefield Wheel OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Wakefield Wheel Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

To continue your cycling in the area you pick up the Leeds to Barnsley Cycle Route or head to the nearby Fitzwilliam Country Park. The Wonders of Wakefield is a shorter route which follows some of the same paths as the Wheel.
For more cycling ideas in the area see the Wakefield Cycle Routes page.

Photos

Pugneys Country Park - geograph.org.uk - 986011

Pugneys Country Park. You could start the ride from this lovely country park, located just to the south of Wakefield city centre.

Newmillerdam - geograph.org.uk - 1503994

Newmillerdam

Wintersett Reservoir - geograph.org.uk - 719865

Wintersett Reservoir The reservoir was built in 1854 to feed the nearby Barnsley Canal.

Barnsley Canal - geograph.org.uk - 960366

Barnsley Canal. The canal is a little better defined at this side of Cold Hiendley Common Lane, though still overgrown.

Nostell Priory - geograph.org.uk - 1606618

Nostell Priory. 18th-century architectural masterpiece with Adam interiors

Aire and Calder towards Castleford - geograph.org.uk - 509906

Aire and Calder towards Castleford

Stanley Marshes lake - geograph.org.uk - 928301

Stanley Marshes lake. This peaceful reserve provides an ideal habitat for the flora and fauna in the area.

Birkwood Lock, nr. Stanley - geograph.org.uk - 499414

Birkwood Lock, nr. Stanley. Birkwood Lock is one of the mechanised locks on the Aire and Calder Navigation. The amber traffic light indicates the lock keeper is not present and the lock is available for self operation.

GPS Files

GPX File

Wakefield Wheel.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>'Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Share>Save to Files')

Memory Map Route

Wakefield Wheel.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>'Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Share>Save to Files)