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WINTERSETT Wakefield Parish 11 of 30

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The Wakefield train keeps rolling and today it passes through one of the smallest villages in the entire district as we come to the Heronry, some 350 acres of land that plays host to some of the most amazing wildlife in West Yorkshire. Situated on former mining land, one of the three bodies of water in this video is a former opencast mine, one of the deepest in the country at that, and what it's been turned into now is something rather spectacular.

That opencast mine is now the stunning Anglers Country Park which has a central lake surrounded by a two mile woodland trail, liked to Haw Park Wood next door, and with sculptures from the popular children's picturebook "Room on the Broom" to find along the way. There are bird hides, plenty of wildfowl and a whole lot open space and clean fresh air to attract everyone to this wonderful corner of Wakefield.

Anglers Country Park certainly lives up to its name, The area is full of fishing lakes for the keen angler, including both reservoirs and Botany Lake, all controlled by local angling clubs and Leeds Angling Club as well in the case of the main reservoir. The pub in the village is called the Anglers Retreat, perhaps popular with fishermen and walkers in the Heronry alike, and perhaps why it was named runner up in 2013 for Best Pub.

The village itself is tiny. Less than 100 people live in it, and the majority of people that come here will be using public transport for access to the Heronry rather than anything else I would imagine, but that doesn't stop me having a little wander through the place for all about a minute, taking in the small cluster of houses and the pub and the various footpaths that link to Anglers.

This one is such a peaceful one to cover, lots to see, but not all of it to do with a village. Rather, this one is epitome of wild and rural, where there really are more animals than people. This is WINTERSETT.


My name is Andy. I am armed with a car, a GoPro and an unhealthy amount of time on my hands.

Join me as I try to visit every single parish in the City of Wakefield. There are 30. Here's the ELEVENTH one – Wintersett.

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Angling information:

Wintersett Reservoir:

Anglers Country Park:

West Riding Sailing Club (Wintersett Reservoir):

Wintersett Reservoir History:

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