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The Ramblers Association now have a greatly improved website which is an exceptional rescource for all walkers, hykers and young families wanting to go for walks with young children. This site lists everything from historical walks to guided walks and really audious walks.

Find A Walk Near Me by Walking Britain is a truly excellent and free resource. Just enter where you are or where you would like to walk - and print out directions. The walks are graded and you can buy a specific map of the area at the same time. These are proper OS maps and weather proofed if required.

I always think of walking as one of the few activities you can do for free - and now you can with this guide!

Walking, Hiking and Outdoor Shops

Crossley Tordoff

Jubilee Way, Pontefract WF8 1DH, UK – 01977 702002

Went into buy my grandson some camping gear for his school trip. They always know what they are talking about and are really helpful! So we avoid making some costly mistakes, it's good to have a small business which is so helpful. As a community we need to do more to support them.

Excellent Knowledge from this Family Business I love this shop.... A very friendly environment Very well stocked & Excellent prices. They always give you the best advice. Would recommend to anybody.

Notcutts

Wakefield Rd, Featherstone, Streethouse, Pontefract WF7 6BS, UK – 01977 701560

Good quality plants. Staff are always helpful. A good place to take children. Dogs allowed but not in cafe

Lovely garden centre. Plenty of choice but not too big. My favourite at Christmas! Cafe is lovely too

Pontefract Market

53-54 Market Pl, Pontefract WF8 1AU, UK – 01977 722725

You will enjoy shopping here and find what you are looking for

Lots of really good shops. Clean tidy and worth a visit.

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Another good one. Walkingworld has huge library of guides with a good selection of walks, of varying lengths and grades, pretty well anywhere in the UK. The walks come in an excellent format making them very easy to follow, with photographs to illustrate every important decision point and a proper Ordnance Survey map.

A modist annual subscription gives you unlimited access to all the walks. However you can Pay As Go by downloading indiviual walks.

Crucially you can also find walks France, Spain, Norway, Portugal and Australia!

Camping and Caravaning

Nostell Priory Holiday Park

Nostell Priory, Nostell Priory Estate, Nostell, Wakefield WF4 1QE, UK – 01924 863938

A very quiet and peaceful location with easy access into Nostell Priory parkland. Good for walking and enjoying the wildlife. A tidy site with fairly level pitches, shade from the trees was welcome. No motorhome service point so take a bucket to empty grey waste. Our pitch was not an upgraded one so only EHU but I believe upgraded pitches have water too. Shower and toilet area is clean if a little dated. No hot water in the ladies showers at 6pm. The showers have no pressure so the flow is woeful. Our 2 nights were pleasant and very quiet. The air ambulance station isn’t intrusive, the helicopter took off a couple of times but it wasn’t an issue. The cafe on site looked nice and popular with permanent residents, we didn’t use it so can’t comment on the food/drink.

We just got back from spending three nights here and there’s a few negatives and positives for my family and myself... let me first point out that we would return and is already planning on returning. The negatives.... and the rain was a contributing factor to this one, the mud! On the site it’s gravelled and on either side of us separating each caravan is grass, as it’s been raining it was quite muddy. We went with the intent to put our caravan awning up and found that trying to peg the awning down on the gravel was a useless task and they kept bending as we tried to hammer them in... in the end we had to set it up on the grass with mud... it carried on raining a few days and around the caravan was a muddy slippy mess and the tarpaulin we laid as a ground sheet was filled with mud along with the bottom of the awning... another negative is that there’s nothing entertaining for teenagers. Our teenage son on the second day was bored out of his mind. The shower had a mind of its own on one occasion when I was in the middle of my shower it decided to stop leaving me freezing and in addition it takes a little while to warm up. The positives is if you’re into nature walks it’s good for that. It’s peaceful and quite tranquil. It is also clean and the staff we encountered were warm and very accommodating, the bathroom is basic but the cleanliness is maintained. I would definitely recommend it for couples especially when it’s nice and dry.

Blue Sky Resorts

Doncaster Road, Wakefield WF4 1QA, UK – 0800 111 4050

Dog People is such a great website if you have dogs who go on holiday with you. Just enter your location and everything from dog friendly Bed and Breakfasts and Hotels to dog friendly walks and beaches come up. The Dog People site covers Bed & Breakfast, Holiday Parks, Hotels, Self Catering, Pubs & Food, Days Out. Enjoy!
'Walks with Buggies' is a must for walking parents with young children, babies or even grannies and grandpas! If you would like to walk around Pontefract or West Yorkshire just select your nearest town, length of walk and type of walk. You will not only be able to download detailed OS maps free of charge but you can read reviews of walks and their ratings - and add your own afterwards! Enjoy

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