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Sandal Castle Bailey- Sandal Castle remains are located 2 miles from Wakefield city centre. The 110 (Barnsley & Leeds) Bus service runs close to the site, with a 5 minute walk to the castle. Parking is free of charge. Admission is free and there is a visitor centre on site.
If you climb to the top of the bailey, (approx 50 stairs to climb) the views are spectacular. To the left you can see right across Pugneys Lake and Country Park. There are fields and farm buildings in the foreground and on a clear day you can look across to the Pennines and also see the wind farm near Halifax. The sun sets over Pugneys so its a good spot for pictures.
To the left, you can see the city, including the spire of Wakefield Cathedral, The County Hall dome and the clock tower of Wakefield Town Hall. If you go very early, you can hear the chimes on a quite day. Slightly to the right of the city, is a clump of trees in the distance where the sun rises and the next landmark along are the huge cooling towers of Ferrybridge Power Station. In the foreground is a farmers field and the location of the Battle of Wakefield which was a War of the Roses Battle, in 1460. Richard Duke of York died from injuries sustained during the battle, the childrens rhyme, The Grand Ole Duke of York, is said to be about him at Sandal Castle. Visit the website here