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West Yorkshire (Wakefield) Anglers Country Park
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See also
Wintersett Reservoir
Cold Hiendley Reservoir
Haw Park Wood

Click on the images below to enlarge.
Click to enlargeWaterfowl on Anglers Lake.
© John S. Sargent, 2010.

Anglers Country Park, Wintersett is a 64 hectare country park situated near Crofton and about 4 miles south east of Wakefield. It has a large lake, surrounded by grassland, woodland and a wetland area known as the ‘Pol’ (an old word for a 'pond').

Click to enlargeView from the hide at the POL.
© John S. Sargent, 2010.

This site once formed one of the deepest opencast coal mines in the country reaching a depth of 250 feet. Since the opening of the park in 1986, it has become one of the most important inland bird sites in Yorkshire and the lake is designated a Site of Scientific Interest (SSI) for its migratory birds. It is managed by Wakefield Metropolitan District Council.
Cold Hiendley and Wintersett Reservoirs are close by.

Click to enlargeA gathering of geese
© John S. Sargent, 2010.
Click to enlargeA Mute Swan making a spash as it takes off.
© John S. Sargent, 2010.
Click to enlarge.A witch with her moggy in the park. [September 2015]  
Click to enlarge"Just wondering if you happen to have a tasty titbit for me ...." This white goose is a feral domestic goose (Anser anser domesticus), it is a decendant of the greylag goose.
© John S. Sargent, 2010.
Click to enlarge.The large lake at Anglers Country Park.
[September 2015]
Click to enlargeThe large lake at Anglers. There is a footpath all the way around the lake and, in addition, public rights of way to Haw Park Woods, Walton Park (Waterton Park) via Wintersett FP No. 1, Walton via Hare Park Junction, and Crofton. Anglers can be reached on a spur from the main north/south Trans Pennine Trail and National Cycle Route 67 from Haw Park Woods.
© John S. Sargent, 2008.
Click to enlargeThis unfortunate greylag goose had a gammy leg, but still managed to come and see if any morsels were available. There are a couple of greylag geese here mixing and squabbling with the Canada geese.
© John S. Sargent, 2010.

Click to enlargeA black-headed gull with coots (Fulica atra) and a greylag goose.
The coot has a distinctive white beak and 'shield' which gave rise to the expression "as bald as a coot", which the Oxford English Dictionary cites in use as early as 1430.
© John S. Sargent, 04 Nov 2010.

Click to enlargeA Canada goose. Introduced from North America, this somewhat vocal bird is common in the area. (Latin name Branta canadensisr)
© John S. Sargent, 04 Nov 2010.
Click to enlargeThe black-headed gull (Larus ridibundus) is more a chocolate - brown headed bird than black; in fact, for much of the year, it has a white head. On top of that, it is not really a 'seagull' and is found commonly almost anywhere inland on lakes and in wetlands.
© John S. Sargent, 04 Nov 2010.
Click to enlargeThe greylag goose (Anser anser) is the ancestor of most domestic geese.
© John S. Sargent, 04 Nov 2010.
Click to enlargeThe ever - present mallard. A favourite dabbler of parks and wetlands alike. (Latin name Anas platyrhynchos).
© John S. Sargent, 04 Nov 2010.
Click to enlargeThe lake at Anglers Country Park.
[07 Oct 2011]
Visitor CentreThere is a Visitor Centre at the park next door to the Squire's Tea Room.
Anglers Country Park is managed by Wakefield Metropolitan District Council.

Mine's a pint!The nearest pub is the Angler's Retreat at Wintersett (the pub is known locally as 'The Sett'). Find out more here.

Cuppa rosieThe Squire's Tearoom is located in Anglers Country Park by the car park. Click here for more information.
The 'Squire' is a reference to the famous 19th century naturalist Charles Waterton of nearby Walton Hall.

Visit West Yorkshire Metro.Public Transport - Metro buses 194, 195 and 196 to Crofton, Walton and Wakefield stop at Wintersett Lane / Santingley Lane, by the pub. Visit West Yorkshire Metro for up-to-date information.
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Anglers Country Park is on a spur of the Trans Pennine Trail and National Cycle Route 67.

The Trans Pennine Trail
Central Section
West Yorkshire

Sustainable Transport
National Route 67 is a north / south route option of the Trans Pennine Trail (central) and is open between Leeds, Wakefield, Barnsley, and Sheffield


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