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 Visitor Centre is open Monday - Sunday 10am - 4pm. 

The Woodland Café is open Monday - Sunday 9am - 4pm and is operating on a takeout service only.





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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.

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!

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.

The newly refurbished Visitor Centre at Anglers Country Park has a great new exhibition space! Currently on show is an exhibition exploring the history and environment at Anglers Country Park and the legacy of Charles Waterton.

The brand new gift shop offers something for everyone; with small pocket money items, Room on the Broom merchandise, gifts and much more! Take the little ones on an adventure they won't forget! Purchase your Adventure Trail Activity Packs from the Visitor Centre and follow the mysterious footprints along the Room on the Broom Trail to find the well-known characters from the story.

Throughout the year the Visitor Centre offers the opportunity to take part in many events and workshops both indoors and outdoors with something fun to do for all the family!


Car Parking is free for the first 2 hours. £2 for up to 4 hours and £3 for over 4 hours.

Bike hire is currently unavailable

We hope to return this service soon and we're sorry for any inconvenience.

Facilities and activities

  • Toilets 10am – 4​pm

  • Visitor Centre
  • Gift Shop
  • Woodland Café
  • Room on the Broom Adventure Trail (activity packs available from the Visitor Centre)

  • Adventure playground

  • Pushchair and wheelchair friendly
  • Picnic areas
  • Information panels
  • 2 mile Lakeside trail
  • Way - marked trail suitable for walkers, joggers, cyclists, 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'

Woodland Café

The Woodland Café is operating a Take Away service only 7 days a week from 9am - 4pm

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).

Find out more

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