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!
The walk starts along the canal, where there are lots of boats to look at. 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!
If you’re looking for other walks in the area, this route around Heath Common is a great choice.