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Barnsley Canal Walton Locks 11 to 15.

Walton Locks 11 to 15
Soap House to Walton Hall Bridge

This part of the canal runs from the now demolished Soap House Bridge (also known as High Town Bridge) at Shay Lane to the canal summit at Lock 15 - about 5 km from the River Calder at Heath. The canal towing path swopped sides (east to west) at Lock 14.
Click on the map to view an enlargement (PDF).

On this stretch the canal has been filled in and forms part of the Trans Pennine Trail and National Cycle Route 67.

Further south, from Lock 15, mud and some water are present beneath Walton Hall Bridge and on towards towards Haw Park Bridge* and the Stoneheaps Cutting. This section canal route passes between the Cherry Tree and The Grove residential estates, and to the west of Walton Park (a.k.a. Waterton Park).
(*On a few recent maps, there is a typo, and Haw Park Bridge is referred to as 'New Park Bridge'.)

Wherever I lay my hat .... (I'll probably lose it!).Wherever I lay my hat .... (I'll probably lose it!).

A hat, lost on the Trans Pennine Trail between The Grove and Cherry Tree estates.
[no enlarged picture]

Click to enlargeA burst of blossom.
The route of the canal between The Grove and Cherry Tree, looking towards Soap House Yard. This area once contained a number of makeshift garages, now long gone. It is now quite a pleasant green space between two housing estates.
[2016]
Click to enlarge.The Upper Lock Keeper's Cottage and the towing path bridge. Situated at Lock 14 (Shaw's Lock), Walton Park is behind the cottage. not the clearest picture, but it gives an idea. Photographed in the early 20th century. Courtesy John Goodchild Loan Collection. Click to enlargeCanal route (now a public footpath and Trans Pennine Trail) adjacent to the Cherry Tree Estate near Lock 13.
© John S. Sargent June 2000.
Click to enlargeAnother view of Lock 14 (Shaw's Lock). The cottage may also have been known at one time as "Peacock's". This picture was taken in the mid-1920s. The lock-keeper's cottage, bridge and most of the lock have now gone.
Photograph: D.M. Thompson.
Click to enlargeRobin (European robin, l. Erithacus rubecula). Familiar and welcome wildlife on the trail, and in the garden, of course.
[2016]
Click to enlargeLock 14, looking north. Originally, there was a bridge here, see picture above, taking the towing path across the canal.
© John S. Sargent June 2000.
Click to enlargeLock 14, looking south along the Trans Pennine Trail.
[2016]
Click to enlargeLock 14, houses on the Cherry Tree Estate are behind the lock down a steep bank. [2016] Click to enlargeThe western side of the lock. [2016]
Click to enlargeAbout 5 km from the River Calder, Lock 15, the canal summit near Walton Hall Bridge, looking north. Walton Park is to the right.
© John S. Sargent June 2000.
Click to enlargeThis gateway in the wall leads from the canal near Lock 15 into Walton Park on the Waterton Trail. A locked gate is now in place and access is via a nearby wooden bridge over the canal.
© John S. Sargent 21st October 2000.
Click to enlargeLock 15 photographed in 2016. Recently cleared of undergrowth. Click to enlargeThe Trans Pennine Trail and National Cycle Route 67, at Lock 15, looking south, photographed in 2016.
Click to enlargeAbout 5 km from the River Calder, Lock 15, the canal summit, near Walton Hall Bridge.
© John S. Sargent 21st October 2000.

Lock 15 is included in the Wakefield MDC Local Development Framework and is designated as an Archaeological Site AS 101 CLASS II BARNSLEY CANAL LOCK, WALTON.

 

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