Anglers Country Park

Important Information

​​Located 4 miles south-east of Wakefield, Anglers Country Park is dominated by a lake, surrounded by grassland, woodland and a wetland area known as the 'Pol'.

At one time this was the deepest open cast coal mine in the country, reaching a depth of 250 feet.

Anglers has been awarded Green Flag status - recognising it as one of the best parks in the country.

Nature conservation

A local nature reserve - managed to protect and improve its habitats for the benefit of wildlife.

There is always something different to see as the wildlife changes with the seasons:

  • Spring sees the arrival of the Swifts and the Swallows to the lake and the grassland.
  • Summer brings damselflies and dragonflies to the water's edge.
  • Autumn sees the arrival of waterfowl including Wigeon and Goldeneye.

Wildlife sightings are noted on a blackboard at the entrance to the park.

The Management Plan detailing how the site is managed and looked after can be found in the visitor centre. For other options of how to see the Plan please contact us.


The Friends of Haw Park Wood and Wintersett help the Countryside Officers (rangers) to manage and maintain the site. Past activities have included cutting back trees on the 'Pol' and installation of nest boxes around the site.

If you are interested in local volunteering opportunities on this and other sites please get in touch.

Facility Services​​

  • Free car parking - with disabled bays closest to the visitor centre
  • Café
  • Room on the Broom Adventure Trail
  • Toilets (open 9am – 4.30pm, 7 days a week) including a Changing Places facility for use of people with a disability
  • Electric mobility scooters - free of charge
  • Kids adventure playground
  • All facilities within the park are pushchair and wheelchair friendly

Visitor Centre

​1 April - 31 October​11am - 4pm
​1 November - 31 March​10.30am - 3.30pm

Open Tuesday to Sunday. Closed Monday (except Bank Holidays).

  • Visitor centre: providing information, maps and leaflets plus a kids' activity area
  • Buy orienteering maps I.D. charts, Room on the Broom activity packs and merchandise plus other small pocket money items and bird food to feed the birds around the lake
  • Room hire available

Outdoor activities

  • 2 mile Lakeside Walk - for walkers, joggers, cyclists, mobility scooters and horse riders
  • Woodland Walk - for walkers and joggers - starts to the rear of the visitor centre
  • Bird hides - located on main lake and 'Pol' - excellent viewing opportunities of local wildlife including migratory birds
  • Picnic areas - behind visitor centre and overlooking lake
  • Interpretation panels – provide the visitor with points of interest
  • The Waterton Trail passes through the park

Opening Hours​​

Open every day



Contact us


Waterton Countryside Discovery Centre
Anglers Country Park
Haw Park Lane

01924 303980