The maximum number of people on this walk will be 10, including the walk leader.
Horbury Lagoon and Calder Island may sound exotic, but they are on the outskirts of Wakefield, so be prepared for the sound of local traffic and M1 motorway traffic.
The link for Savills shows an aerial view of the ponds and river, as well as the motorway and local roads.
The start of the walk is fairly leisurely as we walk through part of the park. We'll stop briefly at the Rhubarb Sculpture. After passing the pond we'll have a longer break at the Aviary where people can take it in turns to view the birds, thereby maintaining distance from each other. Finally we'll have a look at the flowers in the walled garden (if it is open).
https://chatparks.org.uk/the-parks/97/ Holmfield Park
Once we leave the park we cross the road and follow a narrow path at the back of some houses; this won't take longer than 5 minutes (see Geograph photo). We'll then turn onto a wider track which leads under the railway to the canal.
The canal leads to the Calder river. We follow the river towards Broad Cut. We cross the river via a covered walkway under the railway bridge; this is narrow but it is possible to stand against the wall to let someone pass (see Geograph photo).
We walk along a track beside the canal for a short distance then cross Broad Cut Low Lock to rejoin the river. To reach Calder Park we walk through woodland, then fields and then under the M1 motorway bridge.
The remainder of the walk is on roadside footpaths.
Due to COVID-19, we all need to take extra steps to stay safe. Please follow all safety advice given by the walk leader, including the latest guidelines on physical distancing. For more information about COVID-19 and Ramblers group walks, please see our guidance for walkers on the coronavirus pages of the Ramblers website.
Booking your place
If you would like to join this walk, please book a place using the Link in Additional Notes section below. If you are viewing this on the Ramblers App the Additional Notes are not displayed, please visit the websites for the booking link.
Please note that places will fill up quickly, bookings will start at 8pm on 06/10/20 and will close 24hrs before the start time of the walk. If you are unable to attend, please cancel your booking so that someone else can take your place. Please do not turn up for a walk without booking, as we will have to turn you away.