Wakefield to Calder Grove & Sandal Castle

2022-02-27 12:00:00 2022-02-27 16:15:00 Europe/London Wakefield to Calder Grove & Sandal Castle

I previously led this walk on 06.06.21 and 11.10.20.

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.

https://search.savills.com/se/en/property-detail/b0659dcb-b47d-4a42-a1cf-c5aaf9d10922

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.

https://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/4266510

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).

https://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/4634228

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.

We walk around Pugneys Park then uphill to Sandal Castle, before heading back down to the river.

The remainder of the walk is on roadside footpaths.

Parts of the route may be muddy so please wear appropriate foootwear.

53.67181,-1.50373 Suzanne McRobbie suz.mcrobbie@gmail.com
date
Sunday 27 February, 2022
distance
7.5 miles
grade
Leisurely
starts
12:00
description

I previously led this walk on 06.06.21 and 11.10.20.

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.

https://search.savills.com/se/en/property-detail/b0659dcb-b47d-4a42-a1cf-c5aaf9d10922

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.

https://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/4266510

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).

https://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/4634228

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.

We walk around Pugneys Park then uphill to Sandal Castle, before heading back down to the river.

The remainder of the walk is on roadside footpaths.

Parts of the route may be muddy so please wear appropriate foootwear.

starting point
Free car park next to the roundabout. Denby Dale Road, Wakefield WF2 8DY
starting grid reference
SE328195

Start point

Free car park next to the roundabout. Denby Dale Road, Wakefield WF2 8DY

53.67181, -1.50373

contacts
name
Suzanne McRobbie
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