Take a Walk on the Wild Side at Wentbridge House, West Yorkshire
Wentbridge House Hotel in Pontefract is launching the ‘Wentbridge Walk’, offering visitors the chance to explore the stunning scenery and diverse wildlife that West Yorkshire has to offer including the opportunity to see the magnesium limestone meadows – a rare sight in Britain, a colony of dark green fritillary butterflies and extraordinary species of birds such as Nuthatches.
Walking enthusiasts will be able to step straight from the hotel door and tread the route that has been created to make the most of the awe inspiring scenery surrounding the historic hotel.
The 8km walk will take visitors through picturesque kissing gates and over wooden bridges to reach the beautiful Brockadale Nature Reserve and the stunning dale, which is positioned on the River Went. Guests don’t have to stick to the set route and can try out one of the different variations or even explore a little further on their own.
Split into 8 sections, the route is simple to follow and offers a wealth of interesting sights to see along the way. Over the years the river has cut through the Magnesium limestone hills to form a steep sided valley, which creates a truly stunning backdrop.
Thompson Meadow, which can be found in Section 3 of the walk, is a Designated Important Plant Area. During spring, walkers will see a smattering of Cowslips and Early Purple Orchids, which are followed by beautiful clustered Bellflower and Scabious.
The high presence of flowers attracts many different types of butterfly throughout spring and summer, including Marbled White, Speckled Wood and Brimstone. The area also offers ideal breeding ground for birds and dozens of species nest in the Brockadale Plantation.
The route guides walkers back to the doorstep of Wentbridge House where guests can sink into a cosy armchair in the Brasserie and enjoy a well deserved lunch or afternoon tea. Following a long day, guests can check into one of the beautiful bedrooms from £135 per night, which includes full Yorkshire breakfast and newspaper the following morning.
For those wanting to head a little further, The Yorkshire Dales National Park and the North Yorkshire Moors National Park are also both within an hour’s drive of Wentbridge House; providing some of the most breath-taking scenery and diverse wildlife to be found in the UK.
For bookings please visit www.wentbridgehouse.co.uk or call 01977 620444