A circular walk in Pugneys Country Park and around Sandal Castle.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
(D/A) Walk to the end of the car park at Pugneys and pick up the path that runs around the lake. You can see Sandal castle on the skyline ahead of you. As the path bends around the lake look for the path on the left (signposted) heading towards a wooden footbridge. Once across the wooden footbridge, take the path in front of you.
Pugneys lake was created by the quarrying of sand and gravel before becoming an open cast mine.
Flint tools about 8,000 years old have been found near here, left behind by Mesolithic people who lived near the riverside.
(1) After only 50m you come across a T junction. Turn left up the hill.
(2) Follow the footpath up the hill and carry on straight across the footpath cross roads, join the road (Manygates Road) turn right for Sandal Castle. (To shorten this walk, turn right here on to another footpath up to Sandal Castle.)
The battle of Wakefield took place here on 30th December 1460. Richard Duke of York was killed by a Lancastrian arm. Up to 2,000 men were killed. Sandal Castle was built in the 13th Century, more information is available at the Visitors Centre which has toilets and drinks/ice creams.
(3) Turn right on to a footpath that leads downhill.
In the medieval period, this area was a deer park providing venison for the high table of Sandal Castle. Archaeologists found deer bones when they excavated Sandal Castle.
(4) At Castle Farm cross over the road and take the path almost immediately opposite. The path crosses Pugneys Drain by a bridge and enters Pugneys Country Park. Turn right. This part of the path is very muddy in wet weather though a boardwalk has been provided.
(5) At the T junction with the main track round Pugneys turn left. The path on the left leads to a bird hide from which you can watch birds on the smaller lake which is a reserve for wildlife. Continue round the larger lake to return to the car park. (D/A)
D/A : km 0 - alt. 27m - Car park
1 : km 0.9 - alt. 30m - T junction
2 : km 1.2 - alt. 43m - Footpath
3 : km 2.61 - alt. 61m - Footpath
4 : km 3.09 - alt. 28m - Road
5 : km 3.71 - alt. 27m - T junction
D/A : km 5.26 - alt. 27m - Car park
There are plenty of parking spaces at Pugneys Country Park. Parking space at Sandal Castle is limited. Please do not park on the street and block neighbours’ access.
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Pugneys Country Park
Pugneys Country Park is open every day, except Christmas day, Boxing Day & New Years day. A range of watersports is available. A cafe is located in the main building for hot and cold food.
Sandal castle car park is open every day, except Christmas Day, Boxing Day & New Years Day. The visitor centre is open every day in summer and at weekends in winter. It has displays about the history of the castle, shop, toilets and activity room. Drinks and ice creams are available.
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