Seckar Wood

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Footpath with brown bushes and a tree to the left side on a clear day

Seckar Wood is an old forest and heathland located 5.5 miles south of Wakefield on Barnsley Road.

  • Location:

    Seckar Wood

    Open every day.

    Free car park on Seckar Lane open 6am to 9pm April - October and 6am to 7pm November to March.

Facilities and services

  • Beautiful woodland and heathland
  • Ideal for walks and wildlife watching
  • Special site of scientific interest due to the diversity of the plants

Historical Interest

Seckar Wood was part of the Wentworth estate for over 300 years. In 1923 it was bought by local photographer Warner Gothard.

The walled pond near the centre was built as a swimming pool in the 1930s and the small summer house nearby was never completed.

Warner died in 1940 and left the wood to the people of Wakefield and Barnsley. After being held in trust for twenty years the wood was handed to Wakefield and Barnsley councils and has been managed by us since then

Nature Conservation

A carpet of bluebells covers the woodland floor in spring. Dead wood encourages invertebrates which provide food for many of the birds including Great Spotted Woodpecker and Treecreepers. In summer the heathland is a sea of purple when the Heather flowers.

Watch out for Stoats, Weasels, and Roe Deer in the woodland.


The Friends of Seckar Wood work with the Countryside Officers to help maintain the site such as clearing  scrub and controlling Himalayan Balsam.

Visit the Friends of Seckar Wood Facebook page for further details about the Friends group.

If you are interested in becoming a member, please contact

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

Contact Us

Waterton Countryside Discovery Centre Anglers Country Park Haw Park Lane Wintersett Wakefield WF4 2EB

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