Wakefield Council have some AMAZING resources for walking, and this route is based on one of their suggested Health Walks. It’s a lovely flat route, with lots to see and some well positioned benches for picnics. Although James was in the carrier today (his first time!) it would be fine for most buggies, although it was a little muddy in places.
Facilities: None, other than benches dotted about for picnics. BUT the Stanley Ferry pub (where you can start/finish) is well set up for families.
Accessibility: Paths are pretty decent and flat so would be fine for most buggies or little bikes!
You Tube Vlog: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=HFjrw4QsarM&feature=youtu.be
The walk starts along the canal, where there are lots of boats to look at. The waterway is looked after by the charity the Canal & River Trust, who have lots of ideas and activities on their website for families to enjoy the outdoors by canals and rivers.
Walking through the nature reserve is mostly woodland and extremely peaceful; I didn’t pass a single person on the path! The sound of water brings instant relaxation (much needed in my case as all morning I’d had the sound of nothing but screaming).
My favourite part of the walk was the path between the Lake and the River Calder, it was really beautiful.
It finished back at the canal, with a path from Broadreach Lock, following the Transpennine Trail back to the start.
So in all a hugely enjoyable walk, especially in the sunshine… I’ll be back!
Other walks in the area;
- This 2 mile route from Heath Common is a great choice, with stunning scenery, or you could extend it to this four mile walk.
- Anglers Country Park has two great options: the interactive Room on the Broom trail, or exploring the beautiful Haw Park Wood.
- Links to local walks in the Rothwell and Woodlesford area are summarised here.