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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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  • Good place for a brisk walk especially with the dogs, flies can be a bit of a nuisance in summer but its great to be outdoors and watching birds and watersports 
  • Lovely park for dog walking, ball games biking ect. If you enjoy water sports there is canoes, wind surfing and boats. There is a free dog shower that is an excellent idea in bad weather. The cafe is ...  more »
  • A lovely stroll around the lake a really peaceful place to escape from the city. In the summer there are a lot of activities on the lake but it's a good place to walk the dog at any time of the year