Please check the links to individual parks for more detailed information on opening times and to discover which facilities are currently open.
The park is designated as a local nature reserve. Originally the park was managed for game and commercial forestry but it is now managed for the benefit of wildlife and people. The lake is an important breeding site for the Great Crested Grebe and in Spring they can be seen performing their ritualistic courtship dance.
Anglers Country Park is dominated by a lake, surrounded by grassland, woodland and a wetland area known as the 'Pol'. At one time this was the deepest open cast coal mine in the country, reaching a depth of 250 feet. The Lakeside Trail is suitable for pushchairs, mobility scooters, walkers and joggers, a woodland trail is suitable for wlker and joggers. Bird Hides overlook the lake. The family firendly Room on the Broom Trail is great for families.
Pugneys offers watersports including canoeing, kayaking and sailing and refreshment at the Boat House Cafe, alongside a light railway and tails for walking, jogging and cycling. The new "Blown Away" story book trail and activities provide a fun family activity.
Ogden Water Nature Reserve is a volunteer supported nature reserve aith a small but welcoming visitor centre (currently closed). It provides a wonderful environment for a walk or family picnic or to bird watch.
Rother Valley Country Park is a place to be active! On the lake a whole range of watersports are available including sailing, kayaing, stand-up paddleboards, windsurfing and pedal boats. Plus an aqua park. On land try the rare breeds farm, hire a bicycle for aride, or bring your own. Or just enjoy a picnic and relaxing stroll.
The Chevin Forest Park offers great views over the lower Warfe valley and Otley and a lovely place for a family picnic. the more adventurous can enjoy walks, mountain biking, (it is fairly steep), orienteering and geocaching.
Dalby Forest offers visitors 13 walking trails including easy access trails, 6 cycling trails and 4 running trails. Or just enjoy the visitor centre and a picnic.
The Ingleborough Estate Nature Trail wends it way past a lake, along a steep river valley through beautiful woodland to Ingleborough Cave. It is the gateway to some of he Yorkshire Dales National Park’s most stunning limestone scenery including Trow Gill gorge, Gaping Gill pothole, the limestone pavements, Norber Erratics and ultimately the summit of Ingleborough Fell.
Formed from a mix of old woodland, farmland and a reclaimed colliery, over 110 acres of country park surrounds the hall and gardens. With miles of trails for walkers, a new mountain bike run and orienteering course, Owkwell Country Park has something for everyone.
Rabbit Ings is a country park located on the former colliery yard and spoil heap of the Monkton Colliery and then the Royston Drift Mine, which closed in 1989. The 64-hectare site, situated near Royston in South Yorkshire, is home to an array of wildlife – including newts, snakes and herons.
The Country Park is a 48 acre wood with open meadows and wildlife ponds. The distinctive chalk cliffs which surround the park on three sides, give rise to the park’s local name of Little Switzerland
This wildlife haven is less than a mile from Barnsley Town Centre and extends for two miles along the River Dearne from Hoyle Mill on the A61 to the Trans-Pennine Trail viaduct at Lundwood. At the centre of the Park is the River Dearne, now so full of life that this is one of the best places to see kingfishers in the Valley at any time of year.