Anglers Country Park


Important Information

Following the recent announcement from the government on COVID-19, our parks and toilets remain open for residents to enjoy open spaces but other amenities are closed until further notice.

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Opening times

The park is open every day. 

The Woodland Café is open Monday - Sunday 9am - 4pm and is operating on a takeout service only - the kitchen closes at 3pm for hot food.

The visitor centre is currently closed due to Covid restrictions.




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Located 4 miles south-east of Wakefield, Anglers Country Park is a perfect place to explore for nature lovers, walkers, dog walkers, cyclists, picnickers - and not forgetting those little adventurers! 

Once known as one of the deepest open cast coal mines in the country reaching a depth of 250 feet, Anglers Country Park has since flourished into a beautiful haven for wildlife including many migratory birds. 

See the latest nature sightings noted on the blackboard at the entrance to the park before exploring the countryside for yourself. What wildlife will you spot? 

Anglers Country Park has been awarded Green Flag status - recognising it as one of the best parks in the country. A central lake is surrounded by grassland, woodland and a wetland area known as the 'Pol' giving you an array of place to explore. 

Enjoy a relaxing stroll along the two mile lakeside path. Feeling active? Extend your route to explore the wider countryside; choose a woodland walk or head out onto the Barnsley Canal towpath. 

The path around the lake is both wheelchair and pushchair friendly and electric mobility scooters are available free of charge for use within the park.  

The Woodland Café offers the opportunity for a well-deserved break and the chance to grab some delicious food and a hot or cold drink.

Room on the Broom Adventure Trail

Take the little ones on an adventure they won’t forget! Purchase your Adventure Trail Activity Pack from the Woodland Café and follow the mysterious footprints along the Room on the Broom Trail to find the well-known characters from the story. We also have an adventure playground for burning off that excess energy!


Car parking machines will take cash payments and payments by the Ringo app. 

Parking charges apply between 9am and 6pm, 7 days a week:

  • Up to 2 hours: free by obtaining a ticket from the machine
  • Up to 4 hours: £2
  • Over 4 hours: £3
  • 100 spaces
  • 5 disabled spaces

Facilities and activities

  • Toilets 10am – 4​pm

  • Accesible toilets
  • Pushchair and wheelchair friendly
  • Adventure playground
  • Picnic areas
  • Information panels
  • Woodland Café
  • Room on the Broom Adventure Trail

  • 2 mile Lakeside trail
  • Trail suitable for walkers, joggers, cyclists
  • Also for mobility scooters and horse riders

  • Woodland walk - for walkers and joggers
  • Waterton Trail passes through the park
  • Bird hides - located on main lake and 'Pol'
  • You can buy:
  • Room on the Broom activity packs from the Woodland Café

Woodland Café

Woodland Café is operating a Take Away service only 7 days a week from 9am - 4pm. The kitchen closes at 3pm for hot food.

Woodland Café Menu

Love Exploring

You can also download our free Love Exploring app to discover dinosaurs and find fairies at Anglers Country Park (including Haw Park Wood).

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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.​

Contact us

Anglers Country Park

Visitor Centre
Haw Park Lane

01924 860280