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 Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Wakefield Wheel Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
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.