Covering 237 acres of woodland and water, Newmillerdam Country Park was once part of an area known by the Norse name of Thurstonhaugh. The name changed when the area became part of the medieval 'Chevet' estate after a new corn mill was built in the village in 1285 and the area became known as New Myllne on Dam.
Where once the park was managed for game and commercial forestry (the pine and larch trees having been planted for pit props), it is now managed by Wakefield Council's Countryside and Conservation Service for the benefit of wildlife and visitors.
The Country Park is ideal for short walks or longer rambles on the surrounding network of public rights of way. The bridleways and dis-used Chevet Branch Line permissive path offer good off road routes for horse riders and cyclists although cycling and horse riding are not permitted on the lakeside path, which is also suitable for wheelchairs, booster scooters and pushchairs.
Local author and artist Richard Bell has produced two fine pocket books with pen and ink illustrations featuring Newmillerdam County Park. One book features the wildlife of the park with notes and observations while the other is a walking guide for those who want to make the most of their visit.
These books are available from Wakefield Tourist Information Centre on 0845 601 8353. Please contact the centre for more details.
See some of Richard Bells work at www.wildyorkshire.co.uk/naturediary
For those a little more adventurous, orienteering information packs are on sale from the Countryside and Conservation Service. Please contact the service before your visit to obtain a pack.
Fishing is also a popular pastime at the park. The fishing is leased to Wakefield Angling Club. Please contact the club via their website www.wakefieldac.co.uk for access to fish the lake.
If you are visiting the park on a Sunday or Bank Holiday Monday why not take a few moments and pop into the Boathouse where you will find friendly volunteer staff on hand.
Please visit www.wakefield.gov.uk keyword: countryside, for more information.
Barnsley Road, Newmillerdam, Wakefield, WF2 6QP
Map reference: SE 331158 Lat: 53.63847 Long: -1.49981
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