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Parks and trails


   Oakwell Hall and Country Park

Nutter Lane



WF17 9LG

01924 324761


Become a Friend of Oakwell Hall:


Oakwell Hall is furnished as a family home in the 1690s and offers visitors a real insight into a post-English Civil War household. The site also includes over 100 acres of award winning country park and gardens, a visitor centre, gift shop, nature trail, picnic sites and playground.

   Wilton Park & Bagshaw Museum

Bagshaw Museum

Woodlands Road


WF17 0AS


01924 324765

Kirklees Community Directory - Wilton Park

Kirklees Museums - Bagshaw Museum


Become a Friend of Wilton Park:

Wilton Park is the main park serving the bustling town of Batley in North Kirklees. There are two main areas to the park which are divided by a steeply sloping wooded area. The park includes a lake, the bowling greens and a tennis court, as well as a playground. 


At the top of the slope is Bagshaw Museum. The displays include two Batley local history galleries including stories about iconic institutions such as Fox's Biscuits and Batley Variety Club; the 'Spirit of South Asia' gallery and a versatile temporary exhibition space that can also be used to host events and activities.

Walking Trails near Batley and Birstall

   The Luddite Trail

Part 1 walk starts and finishes at the Miller and Carter Steak House (formally the Three Nuns Pub) on the A62 at Mirfield.


Part 2 walk starts and finishes at Cartwright Street Rawfolds, between Heckmondwike and Cleckheaton.


Spen's Luddite Trail gives you exercise and a history lesson all in one! You can find out about the Luddites in Spen on the Spen Valley Civic Society website. They've created two circular "way-marked" walks, to show you where the violent events of the 1812 Luddite risings in Spen Valley took place.


Visit website to download printable guides with maps. You can also find the walk leaflets at libraries and town halls in Spen Valley.

   Kirklees Way

Start: Scholes

Distance: 73 miles (118 km)

The Long Distance Walkers Association - Kirklees Way info

Halfway Hike - Kirklees Way blog posts

The Kirklees Way long distance footpath is a challenging circular route that circles the district of Kirklees. The route takes in some of the best of the local landscape which highlights scenic viewpoints, local history and a series of inclusive and neighbouring areas including the Upper Colne Valley. 

   Casual Ramblers - walks in Kirklees

Walks in Batley:

Batley Railway Walk

Batley Cemetery Walk

Batley Wilton Park Walks


Casual Ramblers provides a database of walks around Kirklees, including heritage, countryside, urban, woodland, waterside walks and even a ghost walks through Huddersfield! 

Visit website to download printable maps and guides. 

Cycle Ways near Batley and Birstall

   Bradford Red Bridge Route


City Park

Centenary Square, Bradford, BD1 1HY



Bowling Park

Bowling Hall Road, Bradford, BD4 7TL

Sustrans - Bradford Red Bridge Route


2.7 miles, 4.3 kilometres

Cycle: 13 minutes

Walk: 1 hour

This great route takes you between two of Bradford’s best open spaces - City Park and Bowling Park, travelling over the iconic Red Bridge on the way.

This route is on the National Cycle Network.

   Calder Valley Greenway

6.4 miles, 10.3 kilometres

Cycle: 32 minutes

Walk: 1 hour 10 minutes

Sustrans - Calder Valley Greenway


This mainly traffic-free route between Huddersfield and Dewsbury train stations is surprisingly rural, passing through a wooded and agricultural landscape.

This route is on the National Cycle Network.

   Spen Valley Greenway

11 miles, 17.8 kilometres

Cycle: 56 minutes

Walk: 4 hours

Sustrans - Dewsbury to Oakenshaw


This popular ride begins at Dewsbury and heads into lovely countryside along the splendid Calder and Spen Valley Greenway. The largely traffic-free route ends at Oakenshaw.

This route is on the National Cycle Network.