And as anyone from Wakefield will tell you, one of the district's greatest charms is the offer of a busy, suburban lifestyle within a short drive (or train journey) of some of Britain's most incredible beauty spots. So if lockdown has left you wanting to explore without heading too far away from your hometown, why not take a look at this list of 16 of the best places from which to commute to Wakefield, Pontefract and Castleford?
And as anyone from Wakefield will tell you, one of the district's greatest charms is the offer of a busy, suburban lifestyle within a short drive (or train journey) of some of Britain's most incredible beauty spots. So if lockdown has left you wanting to explore without heading too far away from your hometown, why not take a look at this list of some of the best places from which to commute to Wakefield?
Odds are that if you've lived in Wakefield for any amount of time, you've come across Slaithwaite and its unusual pronunciation. But the village, which is built on the River Colne and restored Huddersfield Narrow Canal, also serves as a perfect place from which to commute to Wakefield, and in recent years has become increasingly popular with young families.
Woolley village is located just a few miles south of Wakefield city centre, and is well known for its stunning scenery and traditional village feel. And if you're looking for something a little more modern, the nearby Woolley Grange estate, which borders the Barnsley district, features a range of modern homes.
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Odds are you've probably driven along Denby Dale Road, but when was the last time you visited its namesake village? Just over the border into the local authority of Kirklees, Denby Dale is set on the banks of the River Dearne, and is home to a truly incredible railway viaduct, as well as traditional houses.
The countryside can be lovely, but if you're not quite ready to part from the hustle and bustle of city life, how about stepping back to a town? Barnsley is just a few miles south of Wakefield, and offers great motorway and railway links, as well as hundreds of years of history and culture.
If it's peace and quiet you're looking for, then look no further than Elland. This homely market town is known for the Rex Cinema, one of the oldest surviving pictures houses in Britain, and host of independent cafes and restaurants. It is located close to the M62, with good links to Halifax and Leeds.
Tucked into the far corner of the Wakefield district, Darrington, and the neighbouring villages of Ackworth and Wentbridge, promise a break from the busy city life, with the incredible West Yorkshire countryside right on your doorstep.
Situated 12 miles to the east of Leeds, the village of Aberford is home to just over 1,100 people, and boasts stunning homes and countryside. With good motorway connections and easy access to Leeds and Wakefield, this village is popular with commuters and fans of rural life alike.
A little further east is the market town of Selby, which is perhaps best known for its medieval Abbey and 15th century gatehouse. Described as one of Yorkshire's "hidden gems", this village is the perfect place to settle down, and still only a short drive from Wakefield city centre.
Ilkley Moor is perhaps one of Yorkshire's most well-known attractions - but imagine waking up every day with all that countryside right on your doorstep. And if that wasn't enough, the town itself is known for its first class hotels and wide selection of independent shops and restaurants, including the famous Betty's Cafe and Tea Rooms.
Heading south a little - when was the last time you visited the Pennines? If you're looking for gorgeous scenery and annual festivals and agricultural shows, Penistone might just be the place for you. The market town is tucked away in South Yorkshire, between Wakefield and Sheffield, and known for its incredible history and walking scenery.
In the heart of the Holm Valley, and centred on the Holm and Ribble rivers, Holmfirth is the perfect place for anyone looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. The village is renowned as the setting of Last of the Summer Wine, and popular with walkers and wildlife lovers alike.
If it's culture you're looking for, Haworth might just be the answer. Famous for its links to the Brontë sisters, this Bradford village is popular with tourists, but also offers incredible views and stunning walks - all within an hour of Wakefield city centre.
And who could forget Harrogate? This Victorian spa town is surrounded by stunning medieval cities and towns and areas of incredible natural beauty - and isn't too bad itself! Sure to keep you busy, but offering plenty of ways to relax and easy access to Wakefield, could Harrogate the new home you've been looking for?