If you’re local to South Leeds or Wakefield, and are looking to fill a few hours and burn off some toddler energy, a trip to Pugneys will be well worth a trip! Whilst the location near a major road system puts some people off, it retains its beauty and there is heaps to do & plenty to keep little ones entertained!
Distance: A walk round the lake comes in at just under 3km but there are lovely ways to extend-including heading up to Sandal Castle
Route: Super simple- follow the path around the Lake.
Facilities: Basically everything. From toilets to a cafe, from picnic benches to a fantastic themed play area. There’s even a miniature train that runs at weekends.
Parking: Pay and display- change only. It’s £2.50 for up to 4 hours.
Access: Path round the lake is perfect for any buggy or pram.
There’s not much description needed for a walk around a Lake, so instead here’s a summary of the best bits!
1. The Play area
A sandy boat wreck sets the scene for this absolutely fab play area. Clockwise from this round the Lake is an Outdoor instrument area.
2. Activities for children all around the Lake
Starting at the visitor centre there’s the ‘Blown Away’ trail that you can follow as far as the path to Sandal Castle (activity sheet here). We haven’t tried it- but there’s also a pack to buy from the centre.
Otherwise, not exactly meant for children, but lots of interest in the Trim Trail exercise stations!
There were also stands for a ‘Blown Away’ activity trail (based on a book by a local author). You can find out about this from the centre too- we didn’t, but Jess did the activities on the posts (such as hop across the path). It certainly doesn’t look as big as the one at Angler’s Country Park, but a welcome addition all the same!
The miniature railway is another bonus, there is a facebook page you can find from the Pugneys main website (above) for opening times. Nice and cheap too; £1 single, £2 return.
3. Standard Park Life
It’s got all the basics that a good country park should do- and more. Ducks and swans on the Lake to feed, plenty of picnic benches, a bird hide and nature reserve and lots of grass to settle down on with a rug and a ball. There’s lots going on a weekends to watch in the form of water sports and swimming, and you can even hire bikes and buggies here. The cafe looks pretty decent although we haven’t tried it.
All in all a wonderful park, perfect when you’ve got an afternoon to fill…. let me know your thoughts!