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PUBLIC RIGHTS OF WAY

Extract from the Walton Parish Council Newsletter, Summer 1996 (Pages 23 - 25).
With some revisions in 2014 to the descriptions of the footpaths.

The Walton Parish Council have continued the activities of their Footpaths Group and have conducted parties of local residents on monthly walks throughout the whole of the parish area. Occasionally they have ventured a little further afield into surrounding areas, but only as a continuation of a particular footpath as it crosses into the next parish.

These activities continue to serve a useful purpose in more ways than one. All footpaths must be kept open and in good order, and this can only be achieved by someone constantly walking them. Rights of Way must also be preserved as should Bridleways and the condition of all footpaths, stiles and gates must be observed and maintained. 

Local farmers and landowners have a responsibility to maintain all Public Footpaths which cross their lands.  They must restore and indicate the surface of all cross-field paths within 14 days of ploughing. They must prevent crops (except grass) from growing on or over footpaths and they must keep paths free from overhanging hedges, brambles or other vegetation. All rights of way must kept free from any obstructions such as barbed wire, rubbish, electric fences and padlocked gates.  Potentially dangerous animals such as guard dogs or bulls should not be kept in fields crossed by rights of way or public footpaths.

Everyone knows that we live in less than ideal world, and that sometimes these rules and criteria are not fully adhered to.  However, if any problems arise, they should be approached in the proper manner and with tact and decorum a satisfactory solution can usually be achieved.  Failing that, a report should be made to the Parish Council and they will take the matter up on your behalf.

Work in progress. PUBLIC RIGHTS OF WAY DESCRIBED

Public rights of way within the Parish of Walton are numbered 1 to 16 in the Walton Parish Council Newsletter, Summer 1996; the same numbers are still in use on the Wakefield MDC website.

PATH No. 1 - FOOTGATE FIELD
(Oakenshaw Lane to Walton Lane, Bull Bridge Dike)
Grid Refs. Start: SE 352177,  End: SE 351178.
Length: 0.12 miles (193m). Width: 6ft (1.8m)
Nature of surfaces: Ashed and Metalled, mostly dirt track across farmland.  
Commences at its junction with Oakenshaw Lane and proceeds in a westerly and north-westerly direction to its Junction with Walton Lane at the Wakefield boundary at Bull Bridge Dike.

PATH No. 2 - LOW LANE
(School Lane to Shay Lane, Soap House Bridge)
Grid Refs. Start: SE 353174,  End: SE 357172.
Length: 0.31 miles (499m). Width: 3ft (0.9m).
Nature of surface : Pasture and unmetalled  lane by allotments. Including: 1 Cart Bridge [Barnsley Canal Lower Town Bridge].
Commences at its junction with School Lane at Lower Town and proceeds eastwards and thence southwards to its junction with Shay Lane at the site of Soap House Bridge by the Walton Sports & Social Club.

PATH No. 3 - HILLY FIELDS
(Shay Lane, B6378, Drain Beck Bridge to Wintersett Parish Boundary, Drain Beck Bridge)
Grid Refs. Start: SE 361173,  End: SE 371162.
Length: 0.97 miles (1561m). Width : 3ft (0.9m).
Nature of surface: Pasture and arable.   Including: 4 Stiles, 1 Wicket Gate, 1 Footbridge.
Commences at its junction with Shay Lane near Drain Beck and proceeds in a south-easterly direction to the Wintersett Boundary at the footbridge over Drain Beck*, where it continues as Wintersett Foothpath No. 1 to Anglers Country Park.  (* This is Drain Beck on its way to Walton Hall Lake.)

PATH No. 4 - HARE PARK
(Hare Park Junction Railway Bridge* to Wintersett Parish Boundary near Anglers Country Park)
Grid Refs. Start: SE 377174,  End: SE 378167.
Length: 0.45 miles (724m). Width: 3ft (0.9m).
Nature of surface: Arable & Pasture.  Including: 2 Footbridges, 3 Stiles.
Commences at its junction with Hare Park Station County Road and proceeds southward to the Wintersett Boundary,where it continues as Wintersett Foothpath No. 2 to Anglers Country Park. 
(* Crofton Footpath No. 8 links this footpath from Hare Park Lane to Shay Lane, B6378, near Goldwing Farm, opposite Walton Colliery Nature Park.)

PATH No. 5 - WOODWELL
(Walton Common Lane  to the Wakefield City  Boundary at Bull Bridge Dike)
Grid Refs. Start: SE 351167,  End: SE 350167.
Length: 0.05 miles (81m). Width: 3ft (0.9m).
Nature of surface: Pasture. Including: 1 Gap in stone wall and several steep steps down to the field from Common Lane, 1 Footbridge across Bull Bridge Dike at boundary. Can be very muddy by the dike.
Commences at its junction with Walton Common Lane and proceeds westwards to the Wakefield Boundary, where it continues as Wakefield Footpath No. 87 to Chevet Lane, B6132, at Gallows Hill. 

PATH No. 6 - OVERTOWN
(The Balk  to Common Lane)
Grid Refs. Start: SE 357167,  End: SE 351166.
Length: 0.53 miles (853m). Width: 3ft (0.9m).
Nature of surface: Pasture & Arable and short connecting stretch of metalled road at Overtown Grange Farm.    Including: 1 Footbridge, the railway ‘Tin Bridge’. 8 Stiles, not all of which need to be climbed over.
Commences at its junction with the Balk opposite Castle Terrace and proceeds in a southerly direction thence north-westward round Balk Wood and westward to its junction with Common Lane.

PATH No. 7 - OVERTOWN FARM
(Junction with Footpath No. 6, Overtown Grange Farm to the Balk)
Grid Refs. Start: SE 357166,  End: SE 358166.
Length: 0.06 miles (129m). Width: 3ft (0.9m).
Nature of surface: metalled road, farm lane.
Commences at its junction with Path No. 6 and proceeds eastward lo its junction with the Balk County Road.

PATH No. 8 - ROSE FARM
(Junction with Footpath No. 6, Overtown Grange Farm to the Balk)
Grid Refs. Start: SE 356175,  End: SE 358164.
Length: 0.17 miles (274m). Width: 3ft (0.9m).
Nature of surface: Pasture and unmetalled road at Swine Dike. Including: 1 Kissing Gate and 1 Stile.
Commences at its junction with Path No. 6 at Overtown and proceeds southwards to the east of Overtown Court (formerly the stableyard and barns, and thence eastward to its  junction with the Balk County Road.

PATH No. 9  - WALTON COMMON
(Common Lane to the Chevet Boundary)
Grid Refs. Start: SE 350164,  End: SE 351161.
Length: 0.27 miles (435m). Width: 3ft (0.9m).
Nature of surface: Pasture. Includes 2 Field Gates.
Commences at its junction with Common Lane and proceeds southwards, past the golf driving range, to the Chevet Boundary up the hill, where it continues as Chevet Foothpath No. 3 to the Green Lane Plantation on Chevet Lane.

PATH No. 10 - SIKE LANE, Bridleway.
(Sike Lane, High Field end, to Haw Park Lane* at the Wintersett Boundary)
Grid Refs. Start: SE 357161,  End: SE 372153.
Length: 1.08 miles (1738m). Width: 8ft (2.4m).
Nature of surface: unmetalled lane, dirt tracks and forest trails. Can be very muddy near Lakeview above Stoneheaps Canal Cutting.
Commences at its junction with the Balk (Highfield Lane) and proceeds eastwards over Haw Park Bridge (Barnsley Canal) then alongside the canal cutting before following Waterton’s Wall in a south-easterly direction through Haw Park Wood (“Walton Wood”) towards Anglers Country Park. 
This bridleway is part of the Trans Pennine Trail. At the Wintersett boundary the bridleway and Trans Pennine Trail continues along Haw Park Lane to Anglers Country Park and the Waterton Countryside Discovery Centre.
(* This Haw Park Lane is to the east of Haw Park near Anglers Country Park.)

PATH No 11 - CHEVET CUTTING
(Sike Lane
to Chevet Cutting Railway Footbridge, Chevet Boundary)
Grid Refs. Start: SE 357161,  End: SE 356155.
Length: 0.38 miles (612m). Width: 3ft (0.9m).
Nature of surface: dirt tracks and arable. Can be muddy at its junction with Sike Lane and the Balk.
Commences at its junction with the Balk and Sike Lane and continues southward to the Chevet boundary. Continues at the Chevet Boundary as Chevet Footpath No. 2 to Chevet Lane near Briery Court.

PATH No. 12 - CLAY ROYD, Bridleway.
(Stoneheaps to Haw Park Lane*)
Grid Refs. Start: SE 361158,  End: SE 356155.
Length: 0.71 miles (1142m). Width: 8ft (2.4m).
Nature of surface: dirt tracks, forest trails.
Includes: 1 footbridge (Barnsley Canal Clay Royd Bridge).
Bridleway commencing at its junction with Path No. 10 near Stone Heaps Plantation and proceeding south to join Path No. 13 on the north-western side of Haw Park thence proceeding south-west along the edge of the woods, crossing Clay Royd Bridge and then on to Haw Park Lane*.
(* This Haw Park Lane is to the south-west of Haw Park and links Chevet Hill and Cold Hiendley Common Lane)

PATH No. 13 - HAW PARK WOOD.
(Stoneheaps to Haw Park Lane*)
Grid Refs. Start: SE 361155,  End: SE 366146.
Length: 0.65 miles (1047m). Width: 3ft (0.9m).
Nature of surface: dirt tracks, forest trails.
Includes: 1 footbridge across the reservoir outlet.
Commences at its junction wilh Path No. 12 at the north-western edge of Haw Park Wood and proceeds in a southerly direction through the wood to the Havercroft with Cold Hiendley Boundary, which runs through Cold Hiendley Reservoir. At the reservoir, the path continues as Havercroft with Cold Hiendley Footpath No. 1.

PATH No. 14 - STUBBS FIELD
(Eastern side of Haw Park Wood - Haw Park Lane Path No. 12
)
Grid Refs. Start: SE 368155,  End: SE 370153.
Length: 0.27 miles (435m). Width: 3ft (0.9m).
Nature of surface: dirt track. Includes : 1 Stile.
Commences at its junction with Path No. 10 at the eastern side of Haw Park Wood and proceeds in a south-easterly direction to its junction with Haw Park Lane at the Wintersett Boundary. At the Wintersett Boundary the bridleway and Trans Pennine Trail continues along Haw Park Lane to Anglers Country Park and the Waterton Countryside Discovery Centre.
(* This Haw Park Lane is to the east of Haw Park near Anglers Country Park.)

PATH No. 15 - SOAP HOUSE TO STONEHEAPS
(Shay Lane to Haw Park Bridge)

Grid Refs. Start: SE 357172, End: SE 359161.
Length: 0.85 miles (1368m). Width: 4ft (1.2m).
Nature of surface: all-weather track and dirt path up hill at Stoneheaps Plantation.
Commences off Shay Lane opposite Walton Sports and Social Club and proceeds south east along route of the Barnsley Canal to join Bridlepath No. 10 at Haw Park Bridge, Sike Lane. This part of the Barnsley Canal route forms part of the Trans Pennine Trail.

PATH No. 16 - NATURE PARK
(Shay Lane to Oakenshaw Lane)
Grid Refs. Start: SE 364176, End: SE 353180.
Length: 0.79 miles (1272m). Width: 4ft (1.2m).
Nature of surface: all-weather track, tarmacadam road.
Commencing on Shay on Ihe north side of the Nine Arches Railway Viaduct and proceeding in a north westerly direction via Walton Colliery Yard (now part of the nature park, passing Wood Yard Cottages and Chevet Terrace to Oakenshaw Lane. There are footpaths to many areas of the Walton Colliery Nature Park. The Trans Pennine Trail also passes through the nature park.

In addition, (not shown in the original parish council document) there are two footpaths in Waterton Park Golf Course, which occupies most of Walton Park:

PATH No. 17 - WALTON HALL LAKE & STUBBS WOOD
(Walton Hall Canal Bridge to junction with Footpath No. 3)

Grid Refs. Start: SE 361165, End: SE 369164.
Commences at its junction with Path No. 15 at Walton Hall Canal Bridge, crosses the old canal by a wooden footbridge into the golf course and then follows the lane towards Walton Hall. The path is just inside the low barrier, i.e. inside the golf course and parallel to the road. As the lane turns towards Walton Hall, the footpath bears left and passes between Brockswood Court and the Grotto then climbing up the slope back towards Walton Hall, it meets footpath no. 18 near the rear of the mainland building of the hotel, then proceeds across the golf course toward the woods by the lake, then through the woods on the north shore of the lake, passes quite near the Squire's grave in Stubbs Wood, thence northward to meet Path No. 3 at the kissing gate by the East Wall.

PATH No. 18 - WALTON HALL EAST GATE
(Walton Hall to the East Gate)
Grid Refs. Start: SE 364164, End: SE 367166.
Commences at its junction with Path No. 17 just north of the car park at Walton Hall and near the private road into Brockswood Court (formerly Walton Hall Farm and Stableyard), proceed north eastward across the golf course to the East Gate and footpath no. 3. Mind the golfers' whizzing balls! It was along this track, heading towards Hare Park and beyond, that Squire Waterton would travel to visit his friends in Crofton. This track is no longer present beyond the East Gate.


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Trans Pennine TrailIn addition to following the courses of several footpaths in the parish, parts of the Trans Pennine Trail run along roads, namely Oakenshaw Lane, Sike Lane, Highfield Lane, The Balk and Shay Lane. Visit the Trans Pennine Trail website.

This map is not an authority on public rights of way, or anything else! Refer to your Ordnance Survey map or check with Wakefield MDC.

Blocked or overgrown footpath?
Contact the Countryside Service of Wakefield MDC,
or
The Ramblers Association.

 

NB. Although some of the details have been revised, the descriptions draw heavily on the original document and may be a little out of date. The footpaths are, in general, as described in the Parish Council Newsletter, Summer 1996 (Pages 23 - 25). 
The National Grid map references are estimated and no warranty is made as to their accuracy.  If in doubt take a map and/or a GPS device with you.

Footpaths and Bridleways
For more information about public rights of way in the Wakefield district, visit the official Wakefield website.









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