Pugneys Country Park to Sandal Castle

A circular walk in Pugneys Country Park and around Sandal Castle.

Technical sheet
No. 3657753
A Crigglestone walk posted on 24/07/20 by Wakefield Council. Update : 24/07/20
Calculated time Calculated time: 1h35[?]
Distance Distance : 3.27mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 131ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 115ft
Highest point Highest point : 200ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 75ft
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Crigglestone
Starting point Starting point : N 53.658099° / W 1.508097°
Download : -

Description

(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)

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 89ft - Car park
1 : mi 0.56 - alt. 98ft - T junction
2 : mi 0.75 - alt. 141ft - Footpath
3 : mi 1.62 - alt. 200ft - Footpath
4 : mi 1.92 - alt. 92ft - Road
5 : mi 2.3 - alt. 89ft - T junction
D/A : mi 3.27 - alt. 89ft - Car park

Useful Information

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.

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

During the walk or to do/see around

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
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.

Other walks in the area

distance 2.46mi Vertical gain +98ft Vertical drop -98ft Durée 1h15 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Crigglestone - West Yorkshire

A circular walk in Pugneys Country Park to the Sandal Castle and back passing on the other side of the lake.

distance 5.04mi Vertical gain +207ft Vertical drop -226ft Durée 2h30 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Crigglestone - West Yorkshire

Easy walk around the Newmillerdam and Chapelthorpe.

distance 2.92mi Vertical gain +121ft Vertical drop -118ft Durée 1h25 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Crigglestone - West Yorkshire

Easy walk around the Newmillerdam and Bushcliff Wood.

distance 1.1mi Vertical gain +62ft Vertical drop -62ft Durée 0h35 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in West Yorkshire

A circular walk with superb panoramic views from the top of the hill.

distance 1.14mi Vertical gain +75ft Vertical drop -75ft Durée 0h35 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in West Yorkshire

A circular walk from St George’s Centre passing by Mormon Church.

distance 1.5mi Vertical gain +20ft Vertical drop -20ft Durée 0h45 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in West Yorkshire

A circular and easy walk mainly along River Calder.

distance 2.92mi Vertical gain +105ft Vertical drop -82ft Durée 1h25 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Walton (West Yorkshire)-1 - West Yorkshire

Lovely walk from Walton to Haw Park using Trans-Pennine Trail.

distance 2.31mi Vertical gain +82ft Vertical drop -79ft Durée 1h10 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Walton (West Yorkshire)-1 - West Yorkshire

Nice walk from Walton along railways and through Walton Colliery Nature Park.

For more walks, use our search engine.

The GPS track and description are the property of the author.