14 places in Wakefield and the Five Towns that are breathtakingly beautiful
Where are your favourite spots in the district to stretch your legs?
A designated nature reserve, this park is designed to protect and improve the lives of native flora and fauna. It features a network of paths for walking and cycling, as well as bridleways. The park also features the Henry Daley memorial.
Located south of the district, close to Anglers Country Park, Haw Park Wood is designated a local nature reserve. Though it is currently dominated by conifers, work is underway to change the site back to a deciduous woodland.
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One of the district's most popular sites, the ruins of Sandal Castle draw thousands of visitors every year. The castle is famous for being the location of the Battle of Wakefield in 1460, but now features a bustling cafe and breathtaking views of the city.
Less than a mile out of Wakefield city centre, Thornes Park offers 60 hectares of open space to explore, as well as a walled garden and conservatory, duck pond and skate park.
Like many people, you've probably driven through Heath Common countless times. But when was the last time you took the time to explore the area? The grassland has been open land for hundreds of years, and has ties to famous naturalist Charles Waterton.
Now a National Trust property, Nostell is an 18th century architectural masterpiece, and draws tens of thousands of visitors every year. With a historic house, cafe and more than 300 acres of parkland to explore, Nostell is certain to provide a day out for the whole family.
Adjacent to Cold Hiendley Reservoir, Wintersett Reservoir was constructed in the 19th century to feed the nearby Barnsley Canal. It now features a circular 2 mile walking route - and stunning views.
To the east of the city centre, the Southern Washlands comprises open water, swamp, marshy grassland, neutral grassland scrub and woodland over a series of four countryside sites.
Nestled between Leeds and Castleford, Fairburn Ings promises "family activities and serious wildlife watching". From herons to kingfishers, the park was shaped by a long history of coal mining, and is a haven for nature lovers.
At 34 miles long, the Aire & Calder Navigation is a popular spot for pleasure boats, and provides miles of scenic walks. Visit the navigation at Castleford and Stanley Ferry, or see other waterways, including the Broadcut Moorings, pictured, accessible across the district.
One of the district's most popular attractions, the Yorkshire Sculpture Park is located in the grounds of the historic Bretton Hall. As well as installations from some of the biggest names in sculpture, the park features more than 500 acres of parkland - perfect for a Sunday morning stroll.
Once home to kings and queens, Pontefract Castle is now a museum. With guided tours, educational events and stunning views across the Five Towns, the castle promises a memorable day out for the whole family.
With a play area, cafe and beautiful lakeside walk, Pugneys offers a break from the bustle of everyday life. And with free parking until further notice, what's not to love about this park, just a stone's throw from the city centre?
Featuring acres of woodland, Newmillerdam is home to a and a lakeside path for walkers and joggers, Newmillerdam Country Park is home to a whole host of wildlife, including bats, Mallards and squirrels.