Nature Reserve:Seckar Wood Nature Reserve

Nature Reserve

Seckar Wood Nature Reserve

Seckar Wood Nature Reserve

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Wakefield Countryside


Seckar Lane,


Head south out of Wakefield and you’ll soon come across the ancient Seckar Wood Nature Reserve.

For over 300 years Seckar Wood was part of the Wentworth estate until it was purchased by local photographer Warner Gothard in 1923.

Visiting in spring? You’ll see a carpet of bluebells covering the woodland floor. Return in summer and marvel as the heathland is transformed into a sea of purple with the Heather flowers. The diverse amount of plants found at the reserve has resulted in Seckar Wood becoming a designated special site of scientific interest.

Have a peaceful stroll around the heathland and woodland stopping often to get a glimpse of the wildlife that calls Seckar Wood their home. Make sure you take a look at the walled pond near the centre of the reserve; it used to be a swimming pool in the 1930’s!

Please note, cycling is only allowed on the main path. Free parking is available off Seckar Lane.

Children welcomeDogs accepted

Open all the time


See location of Seckar Wood Nature Reserve on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: SE 329140  Lat: 53.62161 Long: -1.50303

By Road:
Off the A61Barnsley Road, Seckar Lane next to Woolly Park Golf Club.

By Public Transport.
Nearest Railway Station: Sandal and Agbrigg Railway Station (unstaffed-3 miles)
Nearest Bus Station: Wakefield Bus Station (4 miles)

Bus Routes : 59a provided by Stage Coach Yorkshire (visit


  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted