Days Out Barnsley

Walks & The Great Outdoors

Anglers Country Park, WF4 2

Anglers has been awarded Green Flag status – recognising it as one of the best parks in the country. This local nature reserve makes for a great family day out. Picnic by the lake, let the kids scramble around the adventure playground, feed the birds and venture along the Room on the Broom Activity Trail (2 mile lakeside trail). Whether you want to relax or get active. There’s something here for everyone.

Please note Anglers Country Park only accept cash or cheque.


Free parking
Toilets 10am – 4​pm
Changing Places facility
Bike hire
Pushchair and wheelchair friendly
Adventure playground
Picnic areas
Information panels
Bird hides located on main lake and ‘Pol’

At the visitor centre:
Information, maps and leaflets
Kids activity area

You can buy:
Room on the Broom activity packs
Room on the Broom merchandise
Small pocket money items
Bird food for the birds around the lake

Anglers Country Park, Haw Park Lane, Wintersett, Wakefield, WF4 2EB

Barnsley Canal

Enjoy a waterside walk or cycle along the Barnsley Canal on this easy route near Royston. This section of the canal follows National Cycle Network Route 67 from Shaw Bridge, near Royston, to Walton. The route runs for just over 5 miles passing Rabbit Ings Country Park, Wintersett Reservoir and the woodland of Haw Park. It’s a peaceful area with a nice surfaced path ideal for a safe cycle or easy walk – See more info here

Cannon Hall Park and Gardens, S75 4

Cannon Hall Park and Gardens is an idyllic place for a relaxing walk, family outing or picnic. The Park is an ideal place to explore with children, with acres of grassland that are perfect for games and landscaped gardens which include Fairyland, a beautiful secluded hideaway.

There is a wide range of family friendly activities available at Cannon Hall Park and Gardens including orienteering, fishing and garden trails and tours.

Bark House Lane, Cawthorne, Barnsley, S75 4AT

T. 01226 790270

Newmillerdam Country Park, WF2 6

Perfect place to feed the ducks, get your wellies muddy and enjoy the great outdoors. Paths suitable for pushchairs and bikes it is likely to be muddy though so be prepared!

Car park

Charges apply 8am – 6pm, Monday to Saturday

Pay and Display Machine
Maximum stay: 10 hours
Up to 1 hour – 60p
Up to 2 hours – £1
Up to 4 hours – £1.30
Over 4 hours – £1.70

Newmillerdam Country Park, WF2 6

Perfect place to feed the ducks, get your wellies muddy and enjoy the great outdoors. Paths suitable for pushchairs and bikes.

Car park

Charges apply 8am – 6pm, Monday to Saturday

Pay and Display Machine
Maximum stay: 10 hours
Up to 1 hour – 60p
Up to 2 hours – £1
Up to 4 hours – £1.30
Over 4 hours – £1.70

Outdoor Adventure Family Kindergarten, S75 4

Fridays 9:30am-11.45am (May-October)

For babies (6 months) and pre-school children

Join us for some outdoor adventure in the woods! Adventure walk, scrambling and climbing in the woods, building dens, outdoor crafts and activities, and much more!

Bring your wellies!

Session cost £10 per child

Must be booked in advance contact Julie on 07775 338358 or email



Phoenix Park, S63 0

Located in the Thurnscoe area of South Yorkshire, the site was once a slagheap which was used by the Hickleton Main Colliery and is now home to diverse wildlife.

There is a climbing wall, carved farmyard animals, a maze, and an art gallery designed by a local youth group.

It is also popular with walkers, cyclists and horse-riders.

Thurnscoe, Rotherham, S63 0BD

Pugneys Country Park, WF2 7

At the Pugneys Watersports Centre you can try your hand at a fantastic range of activities.

Good paths for bikes, pushchairs and wheelchairs. There is also an outdoor adventure playground for the children.

Outdoor gym trim trail, Download the free documents here

Asdale Rd, Denby Dale Rd, Wakefield WF2 7EQ
T. 01924 302 360

Rabbit Ings Country Park, S71 4

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.

Rabbit Ings Country Park, Lund Hill Lane, Royston, Barnsley, S71 4BB

RSPB Dearne Valley – Old Moor, S73 0

Nature reserve with a visitor centre, 7 viewing hides, walking trails and a cafe with homemade food.

Children can have fun on the climbing frames, swings and slide in the ‘Kids Go Wild’ adventure playground. There are also Wildlife Explorer backpacks available for hire. These contain bug jars, binoculars and guide books to help children get the most out of their visit.

Old Moor Ln, Bolton upon Dearne, Barnsley S73 0YF

Slow Tour of Yorkshire – National Cycle Network

Enjoy a great cycling day out in Yorkshire… at your own pace!

The Slow Tour of Yorkshire is a guide to 21 of the best cycle routes across Yorkshire on the National Cycle Network.  One of which starts on our doorstep at Barnsley Train Station and take you to RSPB Old Moor (review on website soon!)

Routes are suitable for most abilities. They are between 10 and 20 miles (2 – 3 hours of slow cycling), on traffic-free or quiet lanes, mainly flat (apart from our ‘starter’ hills in two Yorkshire Dales routes), reached by public transport, with bike hire available near the start.

For more information and maps go to Sustrans

Worsbrough Mill and Country Park, S70 5

Worsbrough Mill is a 17th Century working water mill set in 240 acres of tranquil Country Park. It
is an amazing place to visit, have fun and see history come to life for all the family.

Visitors can tour the working water mill and learn about the milling process, following it from beginning to end. They can also enjoy a leisurely day out exploring the Country Park either on foot or by bicycle. The 60 acre reservoir is a haven for wildlife and regularly attracts birdwatchers and anglers.


Yorkshire Sculpture Park, WF4 4

Yorkshire Sculpture Park boasts 500 acres of historic parkland where children are free to run around and explore.
With 60 works outside in the open air, there are many hidden treasures to hunt for, and unlike traditional galleries, at YSP you can touch the sculptures.

The newly restored lakes and woodland are a great place to go walking, discover bridges, follies and incredible historical features.

Parking charges apply.

West Bretton, Wakefield, WF4 4LG