GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Pontefract Walks

2 miles (4 km)

This circular walk visits Pontefract Park in this 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

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.

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

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Entrance to Pontefract Park

Pontefract park sports fields and lake (geograph 5669991)

Pontefract park sports fields and lake

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GPS Files

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