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Pugneys Country Park Guide: Walks, Light Railway, Cafe & Water Sports

View over the lake at Pugneys Park in Wakefield.

One mile from J39 of the M1 is Pugneys Country Park, Wakefield. The 300-acre park opened back in 1985 and we’ve been visiting as a family (and now with friends, and Helen) since I was born way back in 1992.

A lot has changed since Pugneys opened back in 1985 with millions of pounds being spent on essential maintenance as well as upgrades to changing room, meeting rooms and conference facilities. In this post, we’re going to be covering everything that you could possibly need to know about Pugneys Country Park.

So whether you’re planning on coming to Pugneys to go walking, attend a meeting or take part in some water sports, you’ll be fully informed.

How To Get To Pugneys

Pugneys Country Park is located just one mile from Junction 39 of the M1. It’s easily accessible by bus from Wakefield City Centre.

The nearest train station is either Wakefield Kirkgate or Sandall and Agbrigg. I’d suggest going to Wakefield Kirkgate as you’re likely to find more direct buses to Pugneys from there. The nearest bus stop would be on Denby Dale road, however, the most direct and often service would be the 110 bus from the city centre to Hall Green.

I’d suggest getting off the bus at the Asda and walking from Asda to Pugneys. The walk is made up entirely of pavement and should take no more than 15 minutes.

Opening Times

Pugneys Country Park is open 7-days a week, year round. However, the car park and other facilities may be closed off on an evening / early morning the park can still be easily accessed on foot.

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The opening times of the car park and children’s playground are from 9 am until 7 pm daily. The cafe closes at 4 pm and the visitor centre at 4.30pm.

Parking At Pugneys

At the time of writing Pugneys Country Park is a pay and display car park. Except for blue badge holders who may park for free.

There are multiple pay centres around the carpark and overflow carpark within Pugneys. The cost of parking is £1.00 for up to one hour, £2.50 for less than 4 hours or £4.00 for more than 4 hours. The limit on parking at Pugneys is capped at 10 hours.

Eating At Pugneys

Regardless of the weather, if you’re looking to eat at Pugneys park then you’ll find plenty of options whether they are DIY or purchased directly from the on-site cafe.

The Boathouse Cafe

In recent months, the visitor centre at Pugneys Country Park has seen the launch of a fantastic new cafe; The Boathouse. The cafe serves a fantastic range of meals and snacks suitable for kids and adults alike.

The cafe has indoor seating to hold around 70 and outdoor seating to hold a further 30 customers. Alternatively, if you’re looking to eat elsewhere then be sure to check out our guide to Afternoon Tea in Wakefield.

BBQ

Pugneys Country Park benefits from multiple BBQ pits around the waterside. These are free to use on a first come first serve basis. I’d suggest picking up your BBQ food from the local Asda supermarket which is a 15-minute walk or 3-minute drive from the entrance of Pugneys.

Picnic Locations

You are welcome to host picnics within Pugneys Country Park. Again we suggest picking up food from the local Asda supermarket which is a 15-minute walk or 3-minute drive from the entrance of Pugneys.

Please be sure to dispose of your rubbish in the many bins provided within the park or by taking it home with you.

Pugneys Country Park Walks

The most popular walk around Pugneys Country Park is the Blow Away Adventure Trail. The Trail is based on the story Blown Away written by the local Wakefield author Conrad Burdekin and illustrated by Lilian Fitchett.

The trail starts just to the left of the visitor centre (as you’re facing the lake) The trail is a circular route around the lake and is accessible by foot, cycle, buggy or wheelchair. It features many interactive obstacles including; puzzle boards, zip lines and more…

The Blown Away adventure trail book can be purchased from the visitor centre at Pugneys Country Park for £6.99. However, a small activity sheet can be downloaded and printed directly from the Wakefield Council website.

There are other walks that extend off from Pugneys park and into the surrounding areas including the nearby Sandal Castle. This information sheet from the Wakefield Council website provides further details.

Accessibility

The website Walks With Wheelchairs has deemed the walks at Pugneys Country Park as easily accessible.

Dogs

Dogs are permitted to walk around Pugneys Country Park. However, it’s requested that you keep dogs on leads or under control and pick up any dog waste.

Bird Watching At Pugneys

Bird watching is very common at Pugneys with multiple Bird hides are free to entire at the other end of the lake to the car park. For the latest bird sightings at Pugneys Country Park, we suggest visiting the local naturalist’s society website.

Geocaching At Pugneys Country Park

There are multiple Geocaching spots at Pugneys country park (and in the nearby facility). The Geocaching website provides the most up to date information about the Geocaches currently in this area.

Water Sports

While water sports are very common at Pugneys Country Park. They are currently unavailable. We will update this section when the water sports re-commence.

Children’s Play Area

As well as multiple interactive areas throughout Pugneys Country Park walks. You’ll also find an extensive children’s play area at the top left-hand side of the car parking area.

This children’s play area includes a zip wire. This zip wire is unsupervised, so we recommend all adults accompany children while taking part.

There’s also a large and very popular gated, sandpit with multiple climbing frames, swings and other objects. All the children’s activities, including the zip wire, are completely free to use.

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That’s our complete guide to Pugneys Country Park. As always if you’ve noticed any changes to the park since we’ve published this article, then please do let us know in the comments below. We hope this will help you in planning your activities at the park.

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