Brockadale Nature Reserve
This lovely nature reserve near Pontefract has miles of woodland walking trails and a riverside path along the River Went. You can reach the reserve by following a footpath along the River Went from the nearby village of Wentbridge or from the car park on Leys Lane just east of the reserve. At the reserve you can visit the steep sided gorge of the River Went with its craggy cliffs and interesting vegetation. It's a really beautiful place in the spring and summer months with carpets of bluebells and lots wildflowers which attract a variety of butterflies. Look out for Marbled White, Dark Green Fritillary, Small Tortoiseshell and Gatekeeper. There's also dragonflies, yellow hammer birds, woodpeckers, foxes and common lizards to look out for. There's a wide diversity of plantlife with 350 plant species including cowslip, orchids, bellflower and common dog-violet.
To extend your walk you could continue east along public footpaths towards Kirk Smeaton and Little Smeaton.