Top 6 Winter Walks in the Wakefield District

The Wakefield district is full of special outdoor spaces to relax and revitalise you in 2022. 

Eleanor Taylor, Experience Wakefield

Nothing beats the peace and serenity of a crisp, January walk. Ice-blue skies, bright sunshine, the air filled with the optimism of a new year. It’s true: a walk like that is good for the soul. The Wakefield district is full of special outdoor spaces to relax and revitalise you in 2022. So here are our top 6 winter walks.

1. YORKSHIRE SCULPTURE PARK

Be charmed by art on a ramble through YSP’s 500 acres of fields, hills, woodland, lakes and formal gardens. From the peace of James Turrel’s Deer Shelter Skyspace, to the intriguing shapes of Barbara Hepworth’s The Family of Man, there’s a little bit of magic around each corner.

2. RSPB FAIRBURN INGS

The top lake at RSPB Fairburn Ings

On the outskirts of Castleford lies RSPB Fairburn Ings, a haven of peace and tranquility transformed from an industrial space to a wild place over the last 60 years. Providing a rich habitat for wildlife and birdlife throughout the year, it’s the perfect place to reconnect with nature this winter.

3. NEWMILLERDAM COUNTRY PARK

The sheltering woodland of Newmillerdam is ideal for driving the world and its worries from your mind. Take some time out by the lake, and from February you might be lucky enough to see the elaborate courtship dance of the park’s Great Crested Grebes.

4. NOSTELL, NATIONAL TRUST

Feel your heart lift at the sight of Nostell’s golden sandstone walls, lit up with winter sunlight, as you stroll across the gently sloping lawns of the landscaped parkland. Or discover of winding paths through historic oaks in the estate’s Joiner’s Wood.

5. PONTEFRACT PARK

White Blossom at Pontefract Park

Revel in the range of outdoor spaces available at Pontefract Park. Feast your senses on lush green grassland, the wide, glassy lake, secluded woodland, dynamic wetland and small pools of serene open water. You’re sure to never experience the same thing twice on a journey through the park.

6. PUGNEYS AND SANDAL CASTLE

Leave the bustle of life at the gate and let the calmness of beautiful Pugneys still your mind as you make your way around its silvery central lake. Hike up the hill to the ruins of Sandal Castle, where you can stand among the ancient stones and enjoy stunning views across the Calder Valley.

To discover more of Wakefield’s natural beauty, visit our Nature & Outdoors page.