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Wakefield Wonders

Approx 50 mins from Sheffield by car and home to some lovely Dog Friendly parks, playgrounds and places to visit. Lisa From 'Sniffers Dog Treats' (homemade, natural dog treats) is from up north and shares here highlights with us to visit in this guest blog: 

A 1.5 mile walk around a central lake with surfaced paths and also features the “Gnome Roam” trail (find the sculptures, challenges etc) which definitely makes it more interesting for the kids. Toilets and chargeable parking. 


Surrounded by a lake, its a popular 2 mile walking trail for children and dogs, especially with woodland to explore at the same time. Home to the popular “Room on a Broom” adventure trail for children and a decent play area. An easy circular walk ideal for little legs and accesible with pushchairs. Toilets, parking and cafe for takeaway only. 


Pugneys Country Park - a great walk around 2 lakes and ideal for little legs. Complete with a pirates cove adventure play area, free parking and a cafe. This park is also home to the popular Pugneys Miniature railway (currently closed) which is a lot of fun and dog friendly too. The park asks for dogs to be kept on a lead.

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Sandal Castle - If you are feeling adventurous, or have older children, Sandall Castle is walkable from Pugneys country park. Excellent ruins to explore and has a dog friendly cafe. 


Thornes Park - Offering vast open space to explore and a 2 mile circular path around the park. Check out the mound in the centre of the park which provides spectacular views of Wakefield. Not far from the city centre with plenty of car parking, duck pond (don't forget the food!) and a miniature steam railway during the summer.




Yorkshire Sculpture Park - A great dog friendly cultural day out for the whole family. But be weary of livestock, so dogs on leads and check restrictions. Lots of sculptures to see for children and a nice lake to walk around. Admission fees apply. 


Ackworth Garden Centre - a lovely local garden centre and excellent for Christmas trips with the dog to see Santa. Tie in with a trip to ... 

Pontefract Park - It has a large and enclosed playground full of exciting activities for the children, a lake for boating and fishing and wide open spaces to relax in. Don't forget to feed the ducks or take games for the playing fields and it’s all at the horse track which you can walk around. McDonald’s Over the road if you forget your picnic 😉

Finally, Roundhay Park - OK, so it’s officially in Leeds but it’s still worth a mention. Ideal for children and dogs. Plenty of walks, paths, trails and play areas to keep everyone entertained. Including cafe, toilets and parking. 

(Note please always check destination details before travelling. Restrictions and opening times may differ due to COVID).


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