GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Newmillerdam Country Park Walks

3 miles (4.25 km)

Enjoy cycling and walking paths in this country park in Wakefield. The park includesa central lake surrounded by a surfaced path and woodland with way-marked cycling trails and carpets of bluebells in the spring months.
You can start your outing from the car park at the northern end of the park. Then pick up the trails heading south through Kings Wood and Bushcliff Wood.
If you would like to continue your outing you could follow the Chevet branch line old railway into the countryside and onto the nearby Barnsley Canal. Here you can join with the Trans Pennine Trail and head towards Wakefield or Barnsley. Just to the north of the park you'll find Pugneys Country Park where there's another nice lake and a nature reserve with interesting flora and fauna.
In Wakefield you can pick up the Wakefield Canal and follow it to Castleford.

Newmillerdam Country Park Postcode

WF2 6QQ - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

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Newmillerdam Country Park Pubs/Cafes

The park has several different options for post walk refreshment with a number of cafes and pubs to choose from. The Dam Inn serves good food and has a patio overlooking the dam. You can find them at the northern end of the lake at 669 Barnsley Rd, WF2 6QG. There's also the Boat House Cafe on the eastern side of the lake.

Newmillerdam Country Park Dog Walking

The park is the perfect dog walking spot with its woodland and lakeside trails. You're bound to see plenty of other dogs with their owners on a fine day. The Dam Inn and Boathouse cafe mentioned above are also dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

To the north west of the lake there's the Newmillerdam Village Green. It's a lovely little place for a stroll with a labyrinth and pretty garden area to see.
The popular Wakefield Wheel Cycle Route passes through the park. The 38 mile circular route visits several of the local highlights, using a waymarked trail. It's a great way of exploring the rivers, canals, parks, woods, lakes and countryside around the town.
See the Wakefield Cycle Routes page for more rides around the area.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby

Photos

Causeway across the lake, Newmillerdam Country Park, Crigglestone - Chevet - geograph.org.uk - 317185

Causeway across the lake, Crigglestone / Chevet. This is the turning point of the 2km walk around the lake.

Newmillerdam looking to the causeway. - geograph.org.uk - 483552

Newmillerdam looking to the causeway. It runs left middle to right middle of photo.

Newmillerdam outlet weir - geograph.org.uk - 483745

Outlet weir. On the right hand edge of the photo can be seen the A61 Barnsley Road.

Newmillerdam Boathouse - geograph.org.uk - 205463

Historic Victorian boathouse seen from the other side of the dam.

Bushcliff Wood Track - geograph.org.uk - 494130

Bushcliff Wood Track. Located at the southern end of the lake.

Outlet weir to Newmillerdam lake, off Barnsley Road, Crigglestone - geograph.org.uk - 317255

Outlet weir to Newmillerdam lake, off Barnsley Road. Crigglestone Chevet corn mill was moved to a site to the north of Barnsley Road from one upstream of the boathouse by Francis Nevile of Chevet Hall in 1633. It would seem likely that this was to make a private hunting park in what is now Newmillerdam Country Park. The present dam, which carries the A61 Barnsley Road, might have been constructed in conjunction with the 19C turnpike road. Certainly the outlet weir and the bridge look to be 19C rather than 17C work.

Seat in Newmillerdam Country Park, Crigglestone - geograph.org.uk - 317324

Carved Seat. The inspiration for the carved heads might well have been the lost Norse settlement of Thurstonhaugh, which was somewhere in the vicinity.

Barnsley Road at Newmillerdam, Crigglestone - Sandal - geograph.org.uk - 317203

Barnsley Road, Sandal. The lake is on the right, and the hamlet of Hill Top, in Sandal township, is on the hillside beyond the bend in the main road.

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