The Wakefield Way is a 70 mile, waymarked walking route around the Wakefield Metropolitan District and covers a wide variety of landscapes.  The route is divided into 11 sections of varying length with start and end points accessible by public transport.

Sections may be split or added together to suit the individual walker.  The walks can be done in any order and in either direction but these leaflets start at Anglers Country Park and follow a clockwise direction.  The use of Ordnance Survey Explorer maps is recommended in conjunction with the leaflets, the map number is quoted on each page.

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Horbury Bridge, Walk 4
At Horbury Bridge the continuation of the Wakefield Way along the towpath is closed for extensive repairs till at least the end of the year. A diversion is in place. Cross the bridge; bear left at the first turning (Bridge Street) and continue along Storrs Hill Road towards Ossett; once over the railway bridge, look out for a public footpath on the left just after a bend in the road. This links to the Wakefield Way at Healey Mills.

North Elmsall, Walk 9
Construction of an extension to NEXT on Field Lane has led to a temporary diversion which the contractors have put in place for about two months (Feb. to April) pending completion of a permanent diversion which will no longer use Field Lane.

Yorkshire Sculpture Park
As part of the Yorkshire Sculpture Park’s precautions against the spread of Covid-19 a permissive path has been closed. The closure affects a passage along the north side of the lower lake from the Weston Gallery/Visitor Centre (GR SE 296 124) to Cascade Bridge (SE 280 125) where it joins a public footpath.
The Wakefield Way is affected by this closure and therefore a suggested diversion is as follows: walk north along the A637 before the Weston Visitor Centre and on entering West Bretton village turn left along Park Lane passing the cricket ground. You come to another entrance to the Sculpture Path and a right turn up the hill brings you back to meet the Wakefield Way.

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Walks 1-3

1. Anglers Country Park to Notton.
Distance 6.23 miles (10km)

2. Notton to Bretton.
Distance 6.51 miles (10.47km)

3. Bretton to Horbury Bridge.
Distance 8.52 miles (14.16km)


Walks 4-6

4. Horbury Bridge to Kirkhamgate.
Distance 5.47 miles (9.61km)

5. Kirkhamgate to Stanley.
Distance 6.59 miles (10.6km)

6. Stanley to Castleford.
Distance 7.2 miles (11.82km


Walks 7-9

7. Castleford to Pontefract.
Distance 3.59 miles (5.76km)

8. Pontefract to Thorpe Audlin.
Distance 7.3 miles (11.8km)

9. Thorpe Audlin to South Elmsall.
Distance 5.3 miles (8.47km)


Walks 10-11

10. South Elmsall to Hemsworth
Distance 7.14 miles (11.5km)

11. Hemsworth Bypass to Anglers
Country Park.
Distance 6.41 miles (10.31km)