Take the trail to discover historic sites

The Aire and Calder Canal.

The Aire and Calder Canal.

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A new walking leaflet has been launched to encourage people to enjoy an outdoor trail in Knottingley.

The three-mile Knottingley Discovery Trail covers historic landmarks including the Aire and Calder Canal and St Boltolph’s Church, named after the patron saint for travellers.

St Boltolphs Church.

St Boltolphs Church.

It takes in Freda’s Garden, named after Freda Turner, who lived by the canal and planted flowers along a stretch of the canal towpath.

Landmarks also include a red telephone box which was designed in the 1930s, the site of the former Aire Street cinema, and a view of Knottingley Town Hall from the canal.

The leaflet, produced by Wakefield Council, includes quiz questions to help spot places of interest along the way.

Coun Matthew Morley, the district council’s cabinet member for transport and highways, said: “Knottingley has a very interesting and varied history.

Fredas Garden.

Fredas Garden.

“I hope this new leaflet will encourage lots of people to get out and find out more about the area.

“Taking a walk is a great form of exercise and is something that we can all enjoy. So give the trail a try this summer.”

Leaflets for the trail, which starts at the Arcade in Knottingley, can be downloaded from www.wakefield.gov.uk/knottingleytrail or picked up from Knottingley Library on Hill Top.