Ardsley walk

Covid-19 update

In accordance with government guidance, our recreational sites and car parks remain open during the national lockdown for people to exercise locally. We ask that you follow the latest guidance to help keep yourself, our key workers and others safe. In the current lockdown this includes:

  • Please do not travel to one of our sites if it isn’t local (which the government has defined as the village, town, or part of a city where you live).
  • Please only visit to exercise with your household, your support bubble, or to meet one other person.

If you do plan to visit, we continue to request that you are respectful of our sites, staff members, other visitors and local communities:

  • Please maintain social distancing throughout your visit.
  • Please follow any instructions on signage around the site.
  • Please follow designated paths. The paths are there to keep you and our key workers safe.
  • Make sure you take any litter home with you and do not light any BBQs or fires.
  • Please be mindful there are only 19 parking spaces at this car park which will fill up quick most days.
  • If the car park is full, please do not park on verges or on the road as this causes traffic issues and can block important access for operational vehicles or the emergency services.

All of our toilet facilities are currently closed so please be mindful of this when visiting.

This flat route, circling around the edge of Ardsley Reservoir, is suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs. Situated on the urban fringes of Wakefield, there are nearby public transport links and it is ideal for a leisurely early morning or evening visit.


East Ardsley, near Wakefield


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Route Length

1.25 miles

Walking Time

45 minutes

Terrain & Gradient

Well surfaced pathways or a tarmac track. Large puddles can sometimes collect on the path across the embankment after spells of wet weather. Consistently flat gradient. There are no steps or stiles, and the only gate on the route is wheelchair and mobility scooter friendly (with a radar key).

How To Get There

By car: you can use the free car park (WF3 1EE), which is just off Haigh Moor Road, on the western side of the reservoir. This is easily accessible from a number of main roads; it is less than 3 miles away from the M1, the M62, and the A650.

By public transport: there are bus stops along Haigh Moor Road, a short walk away from point 1 of the route at the car park.

For up to date travel information from any location visit google maps to search directions.

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