GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Pontefract Walks

2 miles (4 km)

This circular walk visits Pontefract Park in this pleasant West Yorkshire market town.
The walk starts just to the north of the town near to Tanshelf Station. From her you can pick up footpaths heading north around the park. The north section of the park is also classified as a Local Nature Reserve, with habitats including grassland, a lake, woodland, wetland and small areas of open water. It's a pleasant place for a stroll and you should also see some wildlife around the lake.
Other public footpaths branch out to the east towards Featherstone if you'd like to extend the walk.


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Pontefract OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Pontefract Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Walks near Pontefract

  • Fairburn Ings - This lovely nature reserve in the Aire Valley has some nice footpaths to follow around the substantial site
  • Wakefield Canal - Follow the Wakefield Branch of the Aire and Calder Navigation Canal from Wakefield to Castleford on this waterside walk in West Yorkshire
  • Trans Pennine Trail - This terrific walking and cycling trail runs from coast to coast across northern England entirely on surfaced paths
  • Pugneys Country Park - This 250 acre park contains two lakes with pleasant waterside footpaths
  • Barnsley Canal - Enjoy a waterside walk or cycle along the Barnsley Canal on this easy route near Royston
  • Castleford - Castleford is a town in West Yorkshire, located a few miles south east of the city of Leeds
  • Brockadale Nature Reserve - This lovely nature reserve near Pontefract has miles of woodland walking trails and a riverside path along the River Went
  • Allerton Bywater - This village near Leeds has a series of pleasant waterside footpaths to try


  • Olde Tavern - this fine pub includes an extended conservatory leading out to a pleasant covered decking and a spacious garden. It's a fine place to relax on a summer day. They serve good food and can be found at 34 South Baileygate with a postcode of WF8 2JL for your sat navs.
  • Robin Hood - a friendly local's bar and a winner of several local CAMRA awards. It's a historic place and one of the oldest pubs in the town. You can find them on Wakefield Road at postcode WF8 4HN.

Dog Walking

The park is a popular place for dog walkers so you'll probably bump into a few other owners with their pets. There's also a racecourse where you'll often see people running their pets round the park.
The Robin Hood mentioned above is also dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

A couple of miles north of the park you'll find the Fairburn Ings Nature Reserve near Allerton Bywater and Castleford. It's a nice place to extend your walking with a number of pretty lakes and nice riverside paths along the River Aire. You could also pick up the Wakefield Canal in Castleford and enjoy a waterside walk along the towpath.
Brockadale Nature Reserve is a lovely peaceful place where you can go for an easy walk near the town. Here you'll find woodland, wildflower meadows, views of the River Went and lots of wildlife.


Pontefract Park lake (geograph 6148017)

Pontefract Park lake

Entrance to Pontefract Park - - 577016

Entrance to Pontefract Park

Pontefract park sports fields and lake (geograph 5669991)

Pontefract park sports fields and lake

The Buttercross and St Giless Church, Pontefract (geograph 4402106)

The Buttercross and the 12th century St Giles Church. The church was rebuilt in the early 18th century and is Grade II listed. TheButtercross dates from 1734 and is located on the market place. It was built on the site of St. Oswald’s Cross

The Blackmoor Head Inn, Pontefract (geograph 3042631)

The Blackmoor Head Inn

All Saints Church Pontefract (geograph 3470356)

All Saints Church

Pontefract - houses on Castle Chain (geograph 3682731)

Old stone houses on Castle Chain

Valley Gardens, Pontefract (geograph 3949340)

Valley Gardens in spring.


GPS Files

GPX File

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