Nostell Priory

Nostell Priory is an 18th century tribute to beauty and glamour. Handcrafted and designed to impress, with interiors by Robert Adams and furniture by Thomas Chippendale. The parkland is just as impressive.

With over 300 acres of beautiful parkland complete with wildflower meadows and lake, you will love cycling around this historic masterpiece.

Wildlife is abundant throughout the parkland. As you cycle past the lake, look out for kingfishers and herons. The fields have a large number of cattle and you may even be lucky enough to spot Roebuck deer.

Stop off for a picnic or explore the woods and try your hand at building a den.

Nostell Priory offers family cycling suitable for everyone of all ages and abilities, and also host cycling events throughout the year.

Nostell Priory is a National Trust property.

Location

Nostell Priory is located at Nostell near Wakefield.

Let’s Pedal

Nostell Priory offers a short family and completely traffic-free cycle route around its ground. You can even choose your difficulty when you reach Nostell’s Obelisk. We recommend your choose the green route as you can do the blue route later during your ride.

Please remember that these paths are shared usage with pedestrians except the gated cycle trails from the Obelisk Lodge.

Start outside the house and take the path on the left heading down to the boathouse bridge and head up the gentle slope into Obelisk Park. Look out for the wild orchids growing in the meadows.

The Obelisk Lodge was the original entrance to Nostell Priory’s estate and the paths you have cycled were used to bring guests to the house by horse and cart. At the Obelisk, you can turn left to try out the green, easy route; or turn right to take the blue, intermediate route. Choose the green route as we’ll come back to the blue route shortly. The path is for bikes only.

Wind your way down the zig zag paths, taking care as some are tighter bends than they appear; until you reach the bottom and head through the gates. Turn left through a second gate and follow the path straight on toward the lake.

Cycle past the lake on your right. Look out for the swans, herons and kingfishers. In spring, the woodland path will take you through carpets of bluebells. In summer, you’ll also see dragonflies and damselflies on the lake. On reaching the junction at the end of the path, turn left to head back to Obelisk Lodge.

When you reach the Obelisk Lodge this time, choose the blue route on the right and enjoy descending through the sweeping bends.

Stop for a picnic or head back to the boathouse bridge and the house.

Route Distance

RouteDifficultyDistance (Miles)Distance (Km)
Woodland Cycle Route (LEFT at the Obelisk)Green – Beginner3.25.2
Woodland Cycle Route (RIGHT at the Obelisk)Blue – Intermediate3.25.2

Refreshments

You can purchase refreshments in the tea-rooms or ice creams from the shop located in The Stables.

Facilities

Toilets are located in the Stables.

Cycle Hire is not available at Nostell Priory.

Tourist information is available in the Stables.

How to get here

By Car

Nostell Priory is located next to Nostell village and is accessible by following the A638 from the A1(M) or Wakefield.

Sat Nav: WF4 1QE

Car Parking

Pay and Display parking available next to the trail at these locations:

Car ParkLocationPostcodeCost
Nostell Priory Visitor Car ParkNostell Priory GroundsWF4 1QE£4 per car
Free for National Trust members (scan your card)

By Cycle

Nostell Priory is 3 miles from National Cycle Network (NCN) route 67 which runs from Stanley to Cold Hiendley.

By Train

Fitzwilliam or Sandal & Agbrigg.

Summary

  • Distance (miles): 3.2
  • Distance (km): 5.2
  • Start: Nostell Priory
  • Finish: Nostell Priory
  • Type: Country Park
  • Surface: Tarmac, gravel
  • Sat Nav: WF4 1QE
Wakefield
5°
light intensity drizzle rain
humidity: 80%
wind: 6m/s NNE
H 4 • L 3
8°
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Mon
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Features

  • Car Park
  • Free Entry (Parkland only)
  • Picnic Site
  • Refreshments
  • Toilets
  • Tourist Information
  • Cycle Hire

Cycle Hire

No cycle hire is available at this venue.

Opening Times

Park 07:00 – 19:00

Café 10:00 – 17:00

House 13:00 – 17:00

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