Anglers Country Park is a relatively large park near Wakefield in West Yorkshire. It has a large central lake which is surrounded by grassland and woodland. There is a circular trail around the lake which is also the Room On The Broom trail which is popular with families.
There is also a wooden adventure playground. The trail, the park and the play area are free to visit. You can pick up a pack for the trail for £2 from the visitor centre although this isn’t essential to the trail. There is a small charge to park if you are arriving by car (more info in the FAQ). This charge isn’t in place over the winter.
Anglers Country Park Room On The Broom Trail Review
One thing you may find when you visit is that it can be a struggle to park. The earlier you arrive the better. We visited just after lunch and we struggled to find a space. After our fifth time driving around, we managed to finally find a space.
Another thing to note is how muddy the trail can get. Although it is an accessible pathway it usually has a thin layer of watery mud on it so wellies are essential if you’re visiting after rainfall or in the colder months of the year.
Close to the car park, you will find a visitor centre. There is a cafe inside here and this is where you can pick up a Room on the Broom activity pack. This has activities for kids plus a map of the trail so you can tick things off as you find them.
The sculptures aren’t hard to find as they are all on the circular route so it isn’t essential that you purchase the pack. It costs £2 though which isn’t bad. The trail itself is two miles long and will take you around 1 hour to 1.5 hours to complete.
The trail is accessible and is suitable for walkers, joggers, cyclists, mobility scooters and horse riders. During the first lockdown, some of the sculptures were damaged but most are still intact. The sculptures are large and made of wood and perfect for taking photos of. Kids will love climbing on them for a photo.
There is also a woodland walk which is for walkers and joggers. You can also head for a walk on the Barnsley Canal towpath. There is a relatively small wooden adventure playground but there is more than enough to keep kids entertained with something for all ages. Not everything in the playground can be seen in this photo.
The lake usually has geese and ducks swimming about on it so make sure you take some bird-friendly food for them. The lake also has a couple of bird hides so take your binoculars. We spent around two hours there completing the trail and playing on the playground. We didn’t venture into the woodland nor along to the canal.
Anglers Country Park FAQ & Further Information
Address: Haw Park Ln, Wintersett, Wakefield WF4 2EB, West Yorkshire
Category – Park – Outdoors – Suitable for all ages
What are the ticket prices?
FREE, the park and its facilities are free. The activity pack for the trail costs £2. There may be a small charge to park.
What are the main facilities and things to do?
Park around a large lake with a Room on the Broom trail with large wooden sculptures, play area, woodland walks. There are toilets and a cafe.
When are they open?
The park is open every day. The visitor centre opens most days except Mondays (open bank holidays). For up-to-date opening times please visit their website.
Is there food available?
There is a cafe serving hot and cold food and drinks. You are welcome to bring a picnic.
Is there parking?
There is an on-site car park. There is a charge to park for most of the year. Up to 2 hours: £1
Up to 4 hours: £2. Over 4 hours: £3
Are they dog friendly?
Dogs are welcome.
Are they accessible?
The lake path is accessible although rough and often muddy. There are accessible toilets.