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Rides & Events

Reminder:

After 3 guided rides, we need you to register as a member of the forum. Please complete a registration form on your next ride or download and submit a form from our website.

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.


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

** CANCELLED **

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

September 2022

Sat 3 Steady Plus

Start 10:00
Darrington Hotel – Road Ride

Sat 3 Easy

Start 10:30

Thornes Country Park

Sun 4 Steady

Start 10:00

Nostell NT

Sat 10 Steady

Start 10:00

Queen’s Mill, Castleford

Sun 11 Easy

Start 10:30

Nostell NT

Tue 13 Steady

Start 10:00

@Aspire, Pontefract Park

Sat 17 Easy

Start at 10:30
Queen’s Mill, Castleford

Sun 18 Steady

Start at 10:00

Thornes CP

Sat 24 Steady

Start 10:00

Anglers CP

Sun 25 Easy

Start 10:30

@Aspire, Pontefract Park

Tue 27 Easy

Start 10:30

Nostell NT

October 2022

Sat 1 Steady Plus

Start 10:00
Darrington Hotel – Road Ride

Sat 1 Easy

Start 10:30

Thornes Country Park

Sun 2 Steady

Start 10:00

Nostell NT

Sat 8 Steady

Start 10:00

Queen’s Mill, Castleford

Sun 9 Easy

Start 10:30

Nostell NT

Tue 11 Steady

Start 10:00

@Aspire, Pontefract Park

Sat 15 Easy

Start at 10:30
Queen’s Mill, Castleford

Sun 16 Steady

Start at 10:00

Thornes CP

Sat 22 Steady

Start 10:00

Anglers CP

Sun 23 Easy

Start 10:30

@Aspire, Pontefract Park

Tue 25 Easy

Start 10:30

Nostell NT

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.

Special Events Calendar


Basic Bike Maintenance

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

Holiday Wednesdays @ Nostell NT

Cycling Information Stand
Cycle Skills Course
Pedal in the Park

National Trust

Agbrigg & Walton Community Cycling & Walking Event

Friday 29th July  WDCF Cycling Information Stand. Saturday 30th July  10.30am – 3pm Free short family rides. 10.30am -1pm Bike doctor.         Sunday 31st July  10.30am -3pm Cycling information stand. Guided rides 4 miles 11am and 1pm. Email: rides@cycling-wakefield.org.uk to book a bike.


Holiday Wednesday at Nostell NT

National Trust

July 27th

Fun for all the family from 11am till 3pm
Cycling Information Stand
Cycle Skills Course
Pedal in the Park
National Trust

August 17th

Fun for all the family from 11am till 3pm
Cycling Information Stand
Cycle Skills Course
Pedal in the Park

Holiday Wednesday at Nostell NT

National Trust

August 3rd

Fun for all the family from 11am till 3pm
Cycling Information Stand
Cycle Skills Course
Pedal in the Park
National Trust

August 24th

Fun for all the family from 11am till 3pm
Cycling Information Stand
Cycle Skills Course
Pedal in the Park

Holiday Wednesday at Nostell NT

National Trust

August 10th

Fun for all the family from 11am till 3pm
Cycling Information Stand
Cycle Skills Course
Pedal in the Park
National Trust

August 31st

Fun for all the family from 11am till 3pm
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.

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.

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.

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