Notton and Newmillerdam Circular

A Notton walk posted on 30/06/17 by Update : 12/03/19

This an easy, relatively flat circular walk south of Wakefield. It makes use of a disused railway line and the Newmillerdam Country Park - beautiful woodlands and rolling countryside.

Technical sheet
Calculated time Calculated time: 2h50[?]
Distance Distance : 9.4km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 64m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 61m
Highest point Highest point : 70m
Lowest point Lowest point : 41m
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Notton
Starting point Starting point : N 53.613368° / W 1.470343°
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Walk Description - West Yorkshire - Notton and Newmillerdam Circular (6miles 2.5 hours)
Parking - limited spaces at the village hall, or on the roadside by the triangular village green opposite.

(D)Start - Village Hall - Notton - 352131 (Landranger 110). Turn right out of the village hall carpark and walk about 100 yards to turn right into Ingswell Drive. Look for Finger Post to the right between two houses at start of Ingswell Ave - follow path which takes you behind the houses and alongside a field to a small bridge over a brook and then bear half right and follow a strong track between open fields heading for the tree line which identifies the disused railway.

(1)The track leads to a bridge over the old railway line (now a cycle track). On crossing to other side, there are some steps down to the cycle path, alternatively take the path left along the top of the cutting which drops down to the track level after about 100 yards (ignore path breaking off to the right at this point). On gaining the disused railway track, follow this under a canopy of trees westward for a couple of kilometres taking you past the edge Newmillerdam Country Park (ignore paths into the park to the right). Eventually, after passing under the A61, the cycle track rises and the path bears off to the right to end at a minor road called Wood Lane on the edge of Newmillerdam (326152).

(2)Turn right onto Wood Lane, and follow this for a few hundred yards until meeting the main road (A61). Turn left and follow the road past the Best Western Hotel and down into the centre of Newmillerdam.
On reaching the lake there are pubs and cafes if you want a drinks break, or there are seats by the lake for snacks and sandwiches.

(3)To continue the walk, enter the Public car park at the south end of the lake, and follow the strong path alongside the South side of the lake which loops around the lake in deciduous woods.
Eventually you come across a track to the left that crosses a bridge over the lake. Ignore this and follow the lakeside path a little further until it curls left at the very end of the lake.

(4)As the lake path curls back up the other side of the lake spot a strong track heading right and follow this slightly uphill for a while to join another main path from the left and head SSE further into the woods for about half a mile. Eventually this path leaves the woods at a gate/stile and heads SE straight across the middle of a large field until the path reaches the edge of the field (345142) and then turns sharp right, over Bleakley Dike and climbs through another field towards a line of trees which hides the disused railway track again, rejoining it at the point referred to in (1).It's possible to shorten the walk at this point by retracing the steps in (D) and (1) to regain Notton village. but

(5)The main walk rejoins the disused railway at this point and turns left to follow the cycle path eastwards for about a mile.

(6)Watch out for a path branching off the cycle path to the right as the tracks goes under a bridge carrying the B6132 (356138). Follow this up into a rough car park at the side of the road (an alternative start/finish point).
At the car park entrance (and under a yellow metal height barrier), turn right up Smawell Lane which is a very minor road/track. Follow this now for about half a mile as it winds its way up into Notton village. On reaching the main road, turn right and after about a hundred yards regain the start point at the Village Hall.

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. km 0 - Notton village hall
1 : km 1.14 - alt. km 1.14 - Bridge over old railway line
2 : km 3.98 - alt. km 3.98 - Turn right onto Wood Lane
3 : km 4.73 - alt. km 4.73 - Newmillerdam Park
4 : km 6.12 - alt. km 6.12 - Leaving the Lake Area
5 : km 7.18 - alt. km 7.18 - Rejoining the Disused Railway Line & Heading East
6 : km 8.39 - alt. km 8.39 - Leaving Railway Line & Returning to Notton
D/A : km 9.39 - alt. km 9.39 - Notton village hall

Useful Information

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Opinions and comments


Global average : 4.53/5
Number of opinions : 5
Description quality : 4.6/5
Routemap quality : 4.6/5
Walk interest : 4.4/5

on Mon 22 Apr 2019 17:40:20 CEST

Global average : 4.67 / 5

Date of walk : 22/04/19
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Good

Great flat walk. Stopped at pub at Newmillardam for a coffee. Bluebells were spectacular in the wood.
Highly recommend. Easy instructions, thank you!

Admin hiker
on Tue 12 Mar 2019 10:18:07 CET

Hi @Rosie F,
Thanks to your feedback, we can improve the description quality.
Many thanks for that !

on Mon 11 Mar 2019 11:53:50 CET

Global average : 4.67 / 5

Date of walk : 11/03/19
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Good

Thoroughly enjoyed the walk, but noted another review which said they set off in the wrong direction. We also did - I think it would be more helpful to say 'turn right out of the village hall carpark' then you don't need your compass.

on Tue 21 Aug 2018 16:53:59 CEST

Global average : 3.67 / 5

Date of walk : 21/08/18
Description quality : Average
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Good

We located the start point very easily, however ended up going south instead of north as the reference to the finger post was misinterpreted as a reference to the post office on the green.. After a while it became obvious we were going the wrong way and after checking with a compass this was verified. Once scrutinised the error was apparent and we returned to the start point and navigated from there. The rest of the walk would have been simple enough had we not tried to cut through Newmillerdam Country Park. This is a mistake you should not make unless you are familiar with this park as the pathways lead all over. Keep to the plan and you will enjoy this walk.

on Mon 20 Aug 2018 09:45:56 CEST

Global average : 4.67 / 5

Date of walk : 20/08/18
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Very good

This is the first walk we have done through the site and we were not disappointed. Easy to follow and we all enjoyed it.

on Mon 04 Jun 2018 10:40:57 CEST

Global average : 5 / 5

Date of walk : 03/06/18
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

Good directions which are easy to follow. The walk itself is relatively flat.

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