Open every day
Located seven miles south of Pontefract and twelve miles south east of Wakefield, Upton Country Park consists of wetland areas with fishing ponds, woodland, scrub and grassland.
The area is important as the nearby South Elmsall Quarry is one of the UK's best examples of visible Permian stromatolite reefs (stromatolites are the remains of blue –green algae that lived in the sea).
Facilities and activities
Free parking at Library|
Café at Library
Toilets at Library
Surfaced paths through the park for walking and cycling|
Adventure playground for older children
Fishing lake with 32 pegs run by Upton Fishing Club
Designated a local nature reserve in 2008, the park sits on a belt of magnesian limestone that runs from South Shields in the north to Nottingham in the south. This limestone has made the soil in the area rich with lime which produces colourful wild flowers.
Several species of orchid can be found on the site and butterflies abound and include Speckled Woods, Common Blues and Brimstones.
The rare Lesser Marsh Grasshopper can be found here and watch the sky for hovering Kestrel and singing Skylark.
The friends group meet regularly at the village hall and help the Countryside Officers (rangers) to manage and maintain the site.
If you are interested in local volunteering opportunities on this and other sites please get in touch