Free entry Family friendly


Take a stroll along the lakeside path, take a ride on the Pugneys Light Railway (available on selected weekends – or make the short walk up the hill to Sandal Castle and see how picturesque the country park looks from above.

A haven for wildlife, the country park offers nature lovers the chance to see a variety of natural habitats. Head along the woodland trail to see a glimpse of Pugneys’ second lake, a hive of wildlife activity.

Treat yourself to a bite to eat in the Boat House Café or, if the weather is fine, bring your own picnic and enjoy the panoramic views across the lake.

This venue is talking part in Wakefield Council’s Seed Collection campaign for 2023! To take part, collect any conkers, acorns, sweet chestnuts, and beech nuts that you see on the ground or on the trees, and then drop your collected seeds into the seed bin. To find out more, and find other seed bin venues in the district, click here.

Rowing Boats & Pedalos

Rowing boats and pedalos are available for hire on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in August between 10am and 4pm (only in good weather).

  • Pedalos cost £12.00 to hire for 30 minutes – for up to 5 people

  • Rowing Boats cost £12.00 to hire for 30 minutes – for 3 people

  • Rowing Boats cost £8.00 to hire for 30 minutes – for 2 people

Note: No private launches / crafts are permitted on the lake at anytime.

Please note: the car park is open until 9pm every night. However, the visitor centre closes at 5pm and the café closes at 4pm.

Venue opening hours

Monday : 9:00 am - 9:00 pm

Tuesday : 9:00 am - 9:00 pm

Wednesday : 9:00 am - 9:00 pm

Thursday : 9:00 am - 9:00 pm

Friday : 9:00 am - 9:00 pm

Saturday : 9:00 am - 9:00 pm

Sunday : 9:00 am - 9:00 pm

    Access facilities

  • Accessible Toilet
  • Baby Changing Facilities
  • Wheelchair Accessible

Venue Details

Find us at

Asdale Road, off Denby Dale Road, Wakefield, WF2 7EQ