Welcome! - Wintersett Lakes, Wakefield - Small, private Caravan and Camping Park for Camping and Caravanning Club Members - A Place to Enjoy the Peace and Beauty of the Countryside In All Seasons.

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Small, peaceful,  Camping and Caravanning club listed touring site  in superb country park location - close to the home of the 'World's First Green Hero' - Charles Waterton!!!! (Sir David Attenborough is one of his fans!)  Anglers Country Park, Lake, Haw Park Woods and the historic Waterton Trail are right on our doorstep here in Wintersett,  Wakefield!  We are Open All Year. Excellent access to an abundance of  nature and wildlife.  Country Pub (Anglers Retreat) with real ales and log fires 1 minute away!  Lakeside Walks, Cafe,  Walking and Cycle Cycle Routes, Bird-watching, Fishing, Sailing and more!  Visitors Centre  in Country Park adjacent and Children's  playground. Lakeside can be accessed from our own fields.  Use postcode WF4 2EB to find us! Come see, stay and be very pleasantly surpsrised at the  outstanding beauty of rural Wakefield.

Advance Booking Only Please - wintersettlakes@aol.co.uk or 07901 880095 or use the contact form on the website here - Thank you

Fully booked for the coming bank holiday - except for tent pitches without electricity - sorry :(


  Wintersett Lakes is delighted to have been   a finalist in the prestigious 'Welcome to Yorkshire White Rose Awards 2015 'category 'Outstanding Customer Service'.....a big thank you to all our lovely guests!!!!!!    

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Dear Lovely Guests Past, present and future,

We are trying very hard to keep giving you the very best experience that we possibly can when you come to stay at  Wintersett Lakes and in the fabulous Wakefield Countryside. We love being here to give you a great big Yokshire Welcome and for a hundred other sound reasons.

The local planners are currently spending Council Tax payers' money in both fighting to to ensure that we cannot be on site in management accommodation to look after you, whilst at the same time imposing planning conditions that say that we must have on-site residential management!

We know that a keycode barrier welcome is unaccpetable for you and for us. The planners in Wakefield have seriously suggested that alternatively, we can give you an acceptable level of service  by 'sitting in some sort of shed for two hours a day'.

The planners should not hide behind decisions of the Planning Inspectorate either - he had clearly eaten too much cheese when he said that  'permanent warden'  on site respresented the 'Gold' standard, but then said that the current planning system didn't allow it - and we couldn't have it at Wintersett Lakes!

Instead he suggested that the pub lanlord could look after you by looking at you from the first floor window of the pub!  

The Inspectorate's decision to disregard our risk assessment as 'subjective' although it was completed by a qualified professional, has already proven potentially very dangerous.  An elderly gentleman having a suspected heart attack had to rely on us as did the 999 services, who could not locate us on their system.  All of the barriers,  phones, CCTV that both the Inspectorate and the local planners have insisted will give you adequate protection and an 'acceptable' level of customer service, very evidently will not.  We would much  rather not be in the position of saying 'I told you so'.

With both local and national planning reviews underway (there is widespread recognition that the rural planning system is broken) that should help everyone reach sensible, lawful decisions, we are calling upon Wakefield Council to stop and think until the reviews are concluded.

A petition to Peter Box CBE leader of Wakefield Council is on our facebook page facebook.com/wintersettlakes and  a paper petition is on site, both now insisted upon by you outraged guests! 'Keep the Managers On Wintersett Lakes' - You can also tell Wakefield Council what you think using our contact form on here. I will print off and pass on.  

'We want to do everything we can to support tourism' - Wakefield Council

Meanwhile it's 'holiday on' at Wintersett Lakes - we can't wait to see you again!


We're on twitter!  @wintersettlakes and now on Trip Advisor!

Facebook - www.facebook.com/wintersettlakes (where you will find our news and photos)



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 What our guests are saying about us:

'A short walk through the woodland to the lake and the views are stunning'      'You are assured of a warm welcome'     'Fabulous hidden gem'    'Great place to relax and enjoy the outdoors'   'For anything from sunburn to putting up a tent,  just ask Gary and Jackie!'      'I never thought that I would be saying that I was going to Wakefield for my holidays!'


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Caravan/Motorhome/Tent  rates  - £17 per pitch with electric  - £15 pitch no electric, awnings £3 per night 

With our new luxury toilet cabin now open we are very happy to be able to  re-instate our eco camping rate - £6 per night per person - if you arrive by cycle/walking/public transport with your tent!        


See us on UK Campsite too - www.ukcampsite.co.uk


 Watch out for us on TV ! - We have been chosen as a photoshoot/filming   location for Practical Motorhome magazine.


 * Lakeside, Fishing, Sailing,  Woodland, Pennine Trail,  and Barnsley Canal  all within easy walking distance.

* Term -time and midweek peaceful retreat  for adults only.

* Countryside family-orientated environment at weekends and school holidays with plenty of countryside-themed  activities locally.

*Superb year-round location for enjoying this beautiful  rural area.      fun in the snow

 (Doesn't have to be summer!)

* Golf and suberb restaurants at nearby Waterton Hall

* Regular bus service in village (2 mins) - you can  leave your car behind once on site.

* Electric hook-ups  - an environmentally friendly 6 amp!

* Please Bring a torch - we are mindful of light polution (our skies are  often suitable for stargazing)

* Chemical toilet disposal point - luxury toilet cabin - no showers ( at the moment - sorry!)

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THE ANGLERS RETREAT, GOOD BEER AND GOOD COMPANY  (Think Last of The Summer Wine!) Warm Welcome Guaranteed - you and your dog!


What's On at the Country Park Next Door.........everyone welcome to join in.......ring 01924 303980 for more details

Cycle Hire at the   Visitor Centre £3 per hour between 11.00 am  and 2.30pm. 01924 303980  

Room on the Broom! - New Lakeside Adverture Trail - call for your activity pack in the visitors centre.   room on the broom

Visitors centre open 11am to 4pm. Tuesday to Sunday. Open Bank Holiday Mondays

Monday 30th May to Sunday 5th June half term craft activities

10.15 first Sunday each month - entry level cycle ride with Wakefield Cycle Forum!


 * Wakefield District Cycle Forum has lots of local, organised rides for all abilities  cycle  maps available from us - have a go!



* Guided cycle rides  on 1st Sunday entry level, 2nd Saturday (steady) and 2nd Sunday (easy) and 4th Sunday (challenging) every month! Meet 10.15 at the Squires Tea Room, Anglers Country Park Visitors Centre, Wintersett.

Here is their website address - www.cycling-wakefield.org.uk   - give it a go!!!!


    Midsummer family weekend is our Charity Fundraiser at the Local Pub -   ( Many, many thanks to all  'Wintersett Wellwishers' - guests of Wintersett Lakes and Patrons of Anglers Retreat - you have raised thousands of pounds for local and national charities)

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What a fantastic  time more than 200 guests had at this years 'supporting heroes' hog roast on Saturday 20th June 2015   A great big thankyou to everyone who dontated, baked, drank, ate, raffled, played, roasted, volunteered, dressed up, and more...You are stars!   20150626_144144 (3) 

Here's Danny Dance of the Royal British Legion collecting £758.24 which was the final total.  Thank you guests of Wintersett Lakes and patrons of the Anglers Retreat - another fantastic effort by everyone.:) 







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To find us follow the brown tourist signs from A638 Wakefield/Doncaster Road -  to Anglers Country Park/The Heronry/Waterton Discovery Centre - Come and find out about Wakefield's own Charles Waterton - The  Very First Green Hero!

Postcode: WF4 2EB

Nearby attractions include Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Award -Winning Hepworth Gallery, Yorkshire Mining Museum, Sandal Castle, Nostell Priory, Xscape, Pontefract Castle and much more....please visit  experiencewakefield.co.uk (01924 305000)   for more information. Special race  days at Pontefract,  events at the Mining Museum, Magna Carta events, Music Hall in the Cathedral  and much, much  more......'www.experience wakefield'  for details.

'I never thought that  I would be saying that I was going to Wakefield for my holidays!' 






( Sorry, no commercial vehicles allowed on site.  Due to site configuration no continental-type caravans  (door on opposite side) can be accommodated - sorry!)