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Rides & Events

Next Basic Bike Maintenance session May 28th

Bookings now being taken for this session

Numbers limited. Booking essential. – email:  info@cycling-wakefield.org.uk

Rides Calendar


Pedal in the Park

Short guided rides by one of our trained leaders lasting up to 1 hour. Distance up to 5miles.

Easy Ride

Cycling at an easy-going pace, easy rides ideal for beginners, families & those wanting to build their confidence, Duration 2-3 hours. Distance up to 10 miles

Steady Ride

If you’re fairly confident on your bike, steady rides are the next step up. Cycling further at a comfortable pace. Duration 3 hours. Distances up to 20 miles

Steady Plus Ride

You’ll need a good level of fitness and cycling experience. Duration 3-4 hours. Distances usually up to 25 miles. Longer rides as stated on the calendar.


May 2022

Sun 1 Steady

Start 10:00

Nostell NT

Sat 7 Steady Plus

Start 10:00
Darrington Hotel – Road Ride

Sat 7 Easy

Start 10:30

Thornes Country Park

Sun 8 Easy

Start 10:30

Nostell NT

Tue 10 Steady

Start 10:00

@Aspire, Pontefract Park

Sat 14 Steady

10am: John Harvey Ride

Queen’s Mill, Castleford

Sun 15 Steady

Start at 10:00

Thornes CP

Sat 21 Easy

Start at 10:30
Queen’s Mill, Castleford

Sun 22 Easy

Start 10:30

@Aspire, Pontefract Park

Tue 24 Easy

Start 10:30

Nostell NT

Sat 28 Steady

Start 10:00

Anglers CP

June 2022

Sat 4 Steady Plus

Start 10:00
Darrington Hotel – Road Ride

Sat 4 Easy

Jubilee Ride – Tea & Cake

10:30 start from Thornes Country Park

Sun 5 Steady

Start 10:00

Nostell NT

Sat 11 Steady

Start 10:00

Queen’s Mill, Castleford

Sun 12 Easy

Start 10:30

Nostell NT

Tue 14 Steady

Start 10:00

@Aspire, Pontefract Park

Sat 18 Easy

Start at 10:30
Queen’s Mill, Castleford

Sun 19 Steady

Start at 10:00

Thornes CP

Sat 25 Steady

Start 10:00

Anglers CP

Sun 26 Easy

Start 10:30

@Aspire, Pontefract Park

Tue 28 Easy

Start 10:30

Nostell NT

July 2022

Sat 2 Steady Plus

Start 10:00
Darrington Hotel – Road Ride

Sat 2 Easy

Start 10:30

Thornes Country Park

Sun 3 Steady

Start 10:00

Nostell NT

Sat 9 Steady

Start 10:00

Queen’s Mill, Castleford

Sun 10 Easy

Start 10:30

Nostell NT

Tue 12 Steady

Start 10:00

@Aspire, Pontefract Park

Sat 16 Easy

Start at 10:30
Queen’s Mill, Castleford

Sun 17 Steady

Start at 10:00

Thornes CP

Sat 23 Steady

Start 10:00

Anglers CP

Sun 24 Easy

Start 10:30

@Aspire, Pontefract Park

Tue 26 Easy

Start 10:30

Nostell NT

August 2022

Sat 6 Steady Plus

Start 10:00
Darrington Hotel – Road Ride

Sat 6 Easy

Start 10:30

Thornes Country Park

Sun 7 Steady

Start 10:00

Nostell NT

Tue 9 Steady

Start 10:00

@Aspire, Pontefract Park

Sat 13 Steady

Start 10:00

Queen’s Mill, Castleford

Sun 14 Easy

Start 10:30

Nostell NT

Sat 20 Easy

Start at 10:30
Queen’s Mill, Castleford

Sun 21 Steady

Start at 10:00

Thornes CP

Tue 23 Easy

Start 10:30

Nostell NT

Sat 27 Steady

Start 10:00

Anglers CP

Sun 28 Easy

Start 10:30

@Aspire, Pontefract Park

Rides start from:


Anglers Country Park

Haw Park Lane WF4 2EE

Meet outside the visitor centre

Castleford Queen’s Mill

Aire Street WF10 1JL

Meet outside the entrance to the mill building.

Nostell NT

Doncaster Road WF4 1QE

Meet in front of the house.

Pontefract Park

Park Road WF8 4RA

Meet outside the entrance to the Aspire Leisure Centre.

Pugneys Country Park

Denby Dale Rd WF2 7BN

Meet outside the cafe.

The Darrington Hotel

Old Great North Road WF8 3BL

Meet in the hotel car park.

Thornes Park

Horbury Road WF2 8TY

Meet outside Thornes Park Stadium Entrance

Rides Information

Need advice – email:  rides@cycling-wakefield.org.uk


How to book on a ride

WDCF rides are FREE and you do not need to book in advance.  However, we do ask that you become a member after completing three rides.  Only £5 for Life Membership and you get two free maps – WOW & Wheel!

We have a limited number of bikes to borrow but they must be booked in advance via rides@cycling-wakefield.org.uk

Which ride to choose

The rides are of varied lengths and difficulty, ranging from Easy to Steady to Steady Plus. We always ride at the pace to suit the least experienced cyclist and no-one is ever left behind. We mainly use traffic free routes & minor roads, which are suitable for both hybrid or mountain bikes.

Bad Weather

The weather doesn’t usually stop a ride but in wet weather some routes may be muddy and uneven.

The ride leaders are always waiting at the start point so don’t be put off, just dress for the weather.

What to bring

No specific requirements, but it is always useful to bring:

  • Yourself, friends & family
  • A roadworthy bike
  • Suitable clothing
  • A bottle of water
  • We also recommend that you wear a cycle helmet.

Events Calendar


Basic Bike Maintenance

Using your own bike the WDCF Bike Doctor will teach you how to carry out basic bicycle maintenance tasks. Booking essential via: info@cycling-wakefield.org.uk

Holiday Wednesdays @ Nostell NT

Cycling Information Stand
Cycle Skills Course
Pedal in the Park

National Trust

Jubilee Celebrations in June

Activities at Nostell NT on Friday 3rd
Easy Ride at Thornes on Saturday 4th


March 2022

Sat 26 Bike Maintenance

10am to 1pm

Pugneys  Denby Dale Rd, Wakefield WF2 7EQ

April 2022

Sat 23 Bike Maintenance

10am to 1pm

Pugneys  Denby Dale Rd, Wakefield WF2 7EQ

May 2022

Sat 28 Bike Maintenance

10am to 1pm

Pugneys  Denby Dale Rd, Wakefield WF2 7EQ

June 2022

Sat 25 Bike Maintenance

10am to 1pm

Pugneys  Denby Dale Rd, Wakefield WF2 7EQ

July 2022

Sat 2 Bike Doctor

10am to 4pm

South Hiendley Gala

Holiday Activity at Nostell NT

National Trust

Wednesday July 27th

Fun for all the family
Cycling Information Stand
Cycle Skills Course
Pedal in the Park
National Trust

Wednesday August 17th

Fun for all the family
Cycling Information Stand
Cycle Skills Course
Pedal in the Park

Holiday Wednesday at Nostell NT

National Trust

Wednesday August 3rd

Fun for all the family
Cycling Information Stand
Cycle Skills Course
Pedal in the Park
National Trust

Wednesday August 24th

Fun for all the family
Cycling Information Stand
Cycle Skills Course
Pedal in the Park

Holiday Wednesday at Nostell NT

National Trust

Wednesday August 10th

Fun for all the family
Cycling Information Stand
Cycle Skills Course
Pedal in the Park
National Trust

Wednesday August 31st

Fun for all the family
Cycling Information Stand
Cycle Skills Course
Pedal in the Park

Events Information

On Wednesdays during summer school holidays at Nostell Priory and at some local galas, Wakefield District Cycle Forum provides some or all of the services listed below:


Cycling information stand

Wakefield District Cycle Forum members will be on hand to give information, maps, leaflets and advice.

Bike Doctor

Dust off your bike and bring it along to the advertised event and our Bike Doctor will be on hand to offer friendly and helpful advice.

Cycle Skills Course

Practice your cycling skills, whatever your age. If you feel like a challenge come along to one of our events and have a go. Bring your own bike or use one of ours.

Pedal in the Park – Nostell Priory only

Short guided rides with a trained leader lasting up to an hour. Distance up to 5 miles.

AGM September 2021

Annual General Meeting

22nd September at 7pm

St Giles Church
Market Place
Pontefract
WF8 1AT

Agenda for 2021 AGM

Minutes from 2021AGM

Minutes from 2019 AGM

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