GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Stanley Ferry Walk

7 miles (11 km)

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.

Stanley Ferry Postcode

WF3 4LT - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Stanley Ferry OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Stanley Ferry Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Stanley Ferry Pubs/Cafes

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.

Stanley Ferry Dog Walking

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.

Photos

The Stanley Ferry - geograph.org.uk - 957695

The Stanley Ferry. Main entrance to the complex from the canalside car park.

Stanley Ferry Aqueduct - geograph.org.uk - 509903

Stanley Ferry Aqueduct. The original - and still in use - structure was first crossed by a boat in 1839. Built of cast-iron and stone on the same principle as the Sydney Harbour Bridge (which it predates by 100 years), it now has a concrete companion built in 1981. About two miles distant - just before Fall Ing Lock - is a path up through woods to the Water Tower and the Kings Arms at Heath.

Stanley Ferry moorings - geograph.org.uk - 1321265

These moorings, provided by British Waterways, are equipped to provide water and electricity to canal boat users. Ramsden’s footbridge, in the background, provides access to the other facilities.

Aqueduct and River Calder, Stanley Ferry, Wakefield - geograph.org.uk - 191201

Aqueduct and River Calder, Stanley Ferry, Wakefield. This is one of a pair of aqueducts which carry the Aire & Calder Navigation over the River Calder. The superstructure of the other one can just be seen at the right of this picture

The Aire and Calder Navigation near King's Lock, Altofts - geograph.org.uk - 395365

The Aire and Calder Navigation near King's Lock, Altofts

Stanley Marshes - geograph.org.uk - 888385

Stanley Marshes

Video

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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