Sandal Castle Walk

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The Sandal Castle Walk is one of several guided walks available for booking by local groups and societies.Click here to see a complete list.

An outline of the walk

Sandal Castle is one of the most impressive military remains in West Yorkshire (UK). Though it was built by the Warenne family, Sandal eventually became a royal castle. It was among those scheduled to be redeveloped by Richard III but fell into decay during the reign of the Tudors. During the Wars of the Roses, it was the scene of the Battle of Wakefield at which Richard, Duke of York, was slain. It was besieged by the Parliamentary army during the English Civil War and demolished soon afterwards.

The Castle Mound also offers extensive views over the lower Calder valley.

Detailed  information

Starting point  In the castle car park on Manygates Lane, Sandal Magna, Wakefield, West Yorkshire (UK).
Public transport There is a frequent bus service along Barnsley Road. Allow 10 minutes to walk from the stop to the castle.
Length of walk No more than a couple of miles.
Duration of walk This is difficult to assess without knowing how fast the members of any group walk or how likely they are to ask questions. The average time is between 1.5 and 2.0 hours.
Difficulty Most of the route is fairly straightforward traversing a mixture of mown lawns, gravelled paths and pavements. There is a moderate but prolonged rise when returning from Sandal Common to the castle. The one exception is the ascent to the top of the castle mound. The stairs are quite steep and may cause some people problems.  With the exception of the castle mound the route is suitable for buggies or wheelchairs.
What you will see or hear about History of Sandal CastleCastle Architecture.  The ruins as they are today.  The Battle of Wakefield.  The medieval landscape of Sandal and the surrounding area.  Ridge and furrow.  The Duke of York’s Monument.  The murder of Edmund Duke of Rutland


All walks cost £50 for  group bookings.  A 20% discount is available if you book two or more talks or guided walks.

How to book

To find out more or to book a session contact me here.


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