Nature Trail:Nature Trail at National Coal Mining Museum for England

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Nature Trail, free entry


Exploring the Nature Trail

Exploring the Nature Trail


A stroll along the Natural Trail at the National Coal Mining Museum for England is a great way to enjoy the fresh air and the beautiful surrounding countryside.

The trail starts near the picnic area where visitors begin their journey on the gravel path to the valley bottom and follow the stream until the path divides. Now the choice is yours; carry on straight up the hill and you’ll arrive back at Caphouse, or take the right fork to discover the reed beds that are part of the water-treatment plant and then continuing onto the Hope Pit displays.

Along the way you can enjoy the tranquillity of nature among the birch, oak and ash woodland, find out about the plants, trees and wildlife that make their home in the surrounding area of the Museum. What can you spot from the bird hides?

Join Motty the mole and unearth the unexpected as he takes you on as adventure around the Nature Trail and Museum site. Pick up Motty’s handy, re-useable activity cards from Reception before you set off on your journey and enjoy a day of interactive games and puzzles – only £3 per family.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberWheelchairs availableAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality

Children welcome

NEW Adventure Playground and Mining Lives gallery


Free entry



See location of National Coal Mining Museum for England on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: SE 252164  Lat: 53.64376 Long: -1.61925

By Road:
Leave the M1 at jct 40 (A638) towards Wakefield, take the 1st right after the traffic lights (Broadway). The Malt Shovel pub will be on your right. At the end of Broadway turn right onto the A642 to Horbury and Huddersfield.

By Public Transport:
Nearest train station: Wakefield Westgate Railway Station
Nearest bus station: Wakefield Bus Station
Bus Route: Yorkshire Traction Bus 232 from Wakefield Bus Station. Drops off outside the Reindeer Inn.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 6 miles from Wakefield or Huddersfield station


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome

NEW Adventure Playground and Mining Lives gallery