Stanley Ferry Walk
This circular walk takes you along the Wakefield Canal around the village of Stanley Ferry.
You'll also visit the River Calder and the Stanley Marshes Nature Reserve on the way.
The walk starts at the Stanley Ferry pub where car parking is available. From here you can pick up the Aire and Calder Canal and the Trans Pennine Trail. Follow the waymarked trail south along the towpath and it will take you path Ramsdens Bridge to the point where the canal meets with the River Calder in the Southern Washlands Nature Reserve. You cross the river and then follow it north east towards Newland Park and Altofts where you rejoin the canal. Follow it west and it will take you past Birkwood Lock to return you to the pub. You then have the option of taking a short stroll west to visit the Stanley Marsh Nature Reserve. There's a pretty lake here where you can look out for a variety of wildlife.
PostcodeWF3 4LT - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Stanley Ferry Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Stanley Ferry Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Stanley Ferry OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Stanley Ferry Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
The Stanley Ferry pub is located right next to the canal with great views over the water. You can find them on Ferry Lane at postcode WF3 4LT for your sat navs.
The waterside paths make for a fine dog walk. The pub mentioned above is dog friendly in the garden area.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
At the southern end of the route you could take a slight detour to visit Heath Common where there's lots of trails and a variety of wildlife to see. Five major houses now stand within the village including the Grade 1 listed Heath Hall. Some of the houses date from the 17th century.
To the south of the canal there are several local highlights to visit. These include Pugneys Country Park, Newmillerdam Country Park, Anglers Country Park, Wintersett Reservoir and the historic Nostell Priory.
The Walk around Wakefield visits three local parks with easy surfaced footpaths taking you to rose gardens, a conservatory, a lake and an aviary.