Pugneys Country Park is a haven for wildlife and the perfect place for a family day out. The leafy woodland is perfect for exploring, the sloping fields are an ideal picnic spot, and the well-maintained paths mean that walkers, joggers and cyclists of all ages and abilities can enjoy the views across the 100-acre central lake.
Pugneys’ second, smaller, lake is a Local Nature Reserve overlooked by two bird hives, allowing visitors to get a glimpse of the wildlife teeming about the site.
Kids will love the park’s Blown Away Adventure trail. Based on the charming children’s book by local author Conrad Burdekin, there’s loads of activities to do, including puzzles, counting, a zipline, and lots more. For the truly adventurous, there’s also a pirate adventure playground!
Fancy a mini-train ride? Of course you do! Pugneys Light Railway (available on selected weekends) is a 7¼” gauge passenger-carrying miniature railway, providing train rides for all the family. All aboard!
If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, why not take a walk up the hill to Sandal Castle? Little ones will love playing amongst the ruins of the old motte and bailey while you soak up the stunning views across the Calder Valley.
And after an adventure like that, you’re sure to be a bit peckish – no problem! Relax at the Boat House Cafe and treat yourself to a selection of hot and cold treats and drinks. Oh, and don’t forget your loyalty card (which you can use at The Liquorice Cafe at Pontefract Castle and the Woodland Cafe at Anglers Country Park, too)! Free cake? Sounds good to us!
And as if all this wasn’t enough, kids (and big kids!) can download the Love Exploring augmented reality app and hunt for dinosaurs or fairies at Pugneys and Sandal, too.