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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  • August 21, 2017
    First time I've been and whilst it was a very pleasant walk around the lake, I wouldn't describe it as a day out as some on here have. We walked around the lake and had a coffee in the cafe. Took us a...  more »
  • August 20, 2017
    Really nice place to go to for a day out. We took our dog and had a great walk around and lovely family day  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    Lovely flat path around lake and frequent dog poo bins. There is a kids play area in a giant sand pit but also other little physical challenges around the lake. Things to find/do and keeps them intere...  more »

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The area surrounding All Saints Wakefield Cathedral is scenic and central, while a modern hotel outside the center offers deals on nightly rates. Consider a self-catered rental apartment in the residential areas circling the city center.
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