Newmillerdam is situated 3.5 miles to the south of Wakefield on the A61 (Barnsley Road).
The site comprises an area of 95 hectares with a central lake (the Dam) surrounded by a level surfaced path as well as the surrounding broadleaved and coniferous woodland located on the slopes.
The Country Park is designated a Site of Scientific Interest (SSI), and part of the park is a Local Nature Reserve (LNR).
The Country Park is ideal for short walks or longer rambles on the surrounding network of public rights of way.
The bridleways and disused Chevet Branch Line permissive path offer good off road routes for horse riders and cyclists although cycling and horse riding are not permitted on the lakeside path, which is also suitable for wheelchairs, booster scooters and pushchairs.
A woodland and lake in a picturesque village setting, perfect for walking, cycling and horse riding, this beautiful country park is a stunning mix of woodland and water.
Within the ground of Newmillerdam Country Park, you’ll find a Boathouse which was used by the Pilkington family as a lakeside retreat.
The Boathouse is available for hire as an unusual meeting venue in a very relaxing and natural setting.
Local author and artist Richard Bell has produced two fine pocket books with pen and ink illustrations featuring Newmillerdam County Park.
One book features the wildlife of the park with notes and observations while the other is a walking guide for those who want to make the most of their visit.
These books are available from Wakefield Tourist Information Centre on 0845 601 8353. Please contact the centre for more details.
See some of Richard Bell's work at www.wildyorkshire.co.uk/naturediary
For those a little more adventurous, orienteering information packs are on sale from the Countryside and Conservation Service.
Please contact the service before your visit to obtain a pack.
Fishing is also a popular pastime at the park. The fishing is leased to Wakefield Angling Club.
Please contact the club via their website www.wakefieldac.co.uk for access to fish the lake.
If you are visiting the park on a Sunday or Bank Holiday Monday why not take a few moments and pop into the Boathouse where you will find friendly volunteer staff on hand.