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Pugneys Country Park, Wakefield

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Pugneys Country Park is a 250-acre park located on the A636 between Wakefield, West Yorkshire, England and Junction 39 of the M1 motorway. It is a Local Nature Reserve.

The area was developed from a former opencast mine and a sand and gravel quarry and was opened to the public in 1985. It is overlooked by Sandal Castle.

The park comprises two lakes, the larger of which is dedicated to non-powered watersports and the smaller lake is designated as a nature reserve.

A 7 ¹⁄₄ in gauge miniature railway, running round part of the larger lake, operates on weekends and bank holidays, and cafeteria facilities are available.

The nature reserve is home to a large flock of non-breeding swans, with up to 100 in residence at any time.

The lakes serve as a flood defence by providing an overflow from the River Calder.
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  • Lovely for a walk at any time of the year. If it's been raining, be sure to wear boots as it can get muddy. Lots of wildlife on the lake and things to look at. Great views of Emley moor mast, especial...  more »
  • We use this park maybe once a week to walk the dog, but are distraught at how badly run it is. We walked round the lake today to find every dog bin full & overflowing, it was a disgrace & potential he...  more »
  • Lovely to walk round , dog loves it and loves to go in the water, if he gets dirty there is a washing area for your dog free cold water or 50p for a warm wash. Don't agree with having to pay for parki...  more »