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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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  • Popped out for some fresh air with the dog, not been here before and I was pleasantly surprised. Had a a steady stroll with dog and enjoyed the views. Car parking was nice and easy the only down side ...  more »
  • I think this place is ok but it's not somewhere that I'd go out of my way to visit. You can have a short walk around the lake and get an ice cream and maybe watch some wind surfers but it doesn't blow...  more »
  • Not the first team we've been but the first time with my Grandson. The walk around the lake today was lovely although a bit drafty in the left hand corner. All wheelchair friendly with only a couple o...  more »

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