Angling is not the only facility in Sandall Park. The park has many facilities for all the family and plenty of things for the kids to do while you enjoy the angling.
There are two main car parks in the park itself. One next to the toilets and one next to the cafe. These car parks are adequate normally but can get full at peak times. There is also ample car parking in layby’s on Barnby Dun Road on the play area side of the park.
If there are large events on in the park (sponsored runs or large concerts) there is on road parking available on the industrial estates at the rear of McDonalds or first left off Leger Way on to Shaw Wood Way. This would mean walking a short distance.
Disabled Parking Facilities
There are three marked disabled parking bays in the main car park – one next to the toilets and two next to the picnic area. The picnic area has tarmac paths that lead to picnic benches that have extended ends to assist wheelchair users.
If you use the disabled toilet facilities with a RADAR key can you please ensure that the door is locked with the key afterwards. If the door is left unlocked it encourages vandals to cause damage and these toilets are a facilty we (and I’m sure you) would not like to lose.
Sandall Park covers an area of 20.7 hectares and is an area of local beauty. Weekends and school holidays during the summer will bring many families into the park to enjoy the tranquillity and observe the wildlife. The ducks and geese are regular benefactors with youngsters bringing their bread and cakes to feed to them. For those more interested in expending energy, the well stocked playgrounds are too good to resist, while older members of the family can picnic nearby. Dog walking is a favourite past time and whilst the pets enjoy a good run around, they are asked to be kept on a lead to protect the wildlife. Fishing has been reintroduced and is proving quite popular, especially with younger anglers.
The Sensory Trail has been created to provide an inclusive and sustainable outdoor experience for children and families and has been designed to enable the less able and disabled to participate. Click here for more details of the sensory trail including a map of the route.
The park has three fitness trails of varying length and one suitable for the less able and pushchair users. To Download a copy of the Fitness Trail leafelt including a map of the routes click here. (PDF File 1.4 Mb)
Fitness Station (on the fitness Trail)
This facility has been added to the red fitness trail and is situated on the old golf course area near to Thorne Road. There are four pieces of equipment designed to exercise all parts of the body. This equipment is not for unsupervised children.
Free Rounders Equipment
The Friends of Sandall Park have a full set of rounders equipment including bats, balls, bases and rules. The equipment is available for free use by groups and families in the park. Please contact FOSP on 0750 332 9309 or E mail firstname.lastname@example.org to book the equipment. All we ask is that there an adult present to take responsibility for the equipment. A good place to play on the Old Golf course area near to the cafe end. FOSP have run several ‘meet the group’ rounders events – see the events page for further details.
Nature Trail/Outdoor classroom/picnic area
Opened on January 21st 2008 with funding from Veolia Environmental Trust, the trail is a short walk around the lake where you can see the various wildfowl, trees, insects, pond life, birds and butterflies. Meet at the ‘Outdoor classroom’ area next to the car park and enjoy a picnic on the benches before or after your walk – study the information boards on the various subjects and then try and spot them.
To download a leaf identification sheet click here (PDF 1Mb)
A cursory ‘census’ of the birds was completed on June 2nd 2005, and these were the birds seen on the lake or in the park at that time. Canada geese + gosling; Mallard + Domestic geese, New Zealand black swan, one nesting; Thrush; Blackbird; Chaffinch; Starling; Goldfinch; Magpie; House Sparrow; Blue Tit; Great tit. Three Indian Runner Ducks have been in the park for the last six months (from May 2007). Can you spot any other breeds? The lake itself varies in depth from 3′ to 4′ and is heavily stocked with roach and rudd with a good head of tench. There are carp which run to specimen size 30lb; pike to 27lb; bream; chubb and perch. The waters have not been fished properly for 20 years and have thrived, though there are plans for ongoing restocking to take place to ensure continuous improvement. It is hoped the next stock will come from Campsall Country Park.
The lease for fishing in the park is now held by the Anglers of Sandall Park (AoSP). More details of the club and its activities can be found on the AoSP page (Click AoSP under FoSP partners to the right of this page) or by clicking here.
Cafe – there are two nearby.
All enquiries regarding Sandall Park cafe should be made directly to the cafe – it is not connected with the Friends of Sandall Park.
Sandall Park Cafe – open 7 days a week from early morning to late afternoon, and serves breakfast and lunches. It is now also open on an evening from 4pm to 8pm (Monday to Friday).
JJ’s Cafe – near the old golf course end of the park on Crompton Road. Open Monday – Friday 7am – 2.30pm and Saturday 7.30am – 12.00. Very handy for the picnic benches on the old golf course and they have toilets for customers.
Toilets and Baby Change
The toilets will re-open on the 1st April following winter closure . During the winter closure volunteers have refurbished this facility. The Friends of Sandall Park have also created a baby change facility and it is open when the toilets are open – early morning to late afternoon. They will be closed over the winter. Unfortunately there is no hot water. Please take your litter away with you as the volunteers do not have a disposal facility.
There are two play areas in the park. One is situated on the Barnby Dun Road side of the park and is well maintained by the council. There is no vehicle access into the park at this location. Please park on the road and walk into the park. The second play area is on the opposite side of the park near to the main car park, picnic area and toilets on Thorne Road – this has been continually updated by the Friends of Sandall Park and now includes ‘adventure play’ equipment suitable for younger children.