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Views in and around the southern districts of Walton: Upper Town, Highfield Lane, Stoneheaps Plantation and adjacent countryside.
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Click to enlargeWalton South - As it was in the mid-19th Century
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Upper Town (or Overtown) as shown on the 1852 Ordnance Survey Map.
The Balk is towards the top of the map, with Highfield Lane* connecting it with Sike Lane.
(* Highfield Lane is shown on the 1852-54 Ordnance Survey map but on the 1893-94 map was shown simply as an extension of as the Balk.)
The Berg Quarry at Overtown was the source of the stone used to build Walton Hall and the wall. The Quarry is sometines referred to as Balk Woods. The name Bergh or Berg, as in the old quarry, is probably connected with the early Lords of Walton, the de Burghs. 
The old North Midland Railway runs north-south on the left of the map, entering the tunnel near the bottom. The line is still in use for freight traffic to Monckton Coke and Chemical Works at Royston.
There is a small wood above the cutting on the eastern side, it was briefly used as a paintball battlefield some years ago.
The disused Barnsley Canal is on the right, this is the stretch from around the canal summit in Walton to just south of Haw Park Bridge at the Stoneheaps Cutting.
The canal summit (Lock 15) is just above Walton Hall Bridge.

Click to enlarge Farmland at Overtown, Walton. Photographed from the southern end of The Balk.
©John S. Sargent, 2nd June 2007
Click to enlargeLooking to the north. This lane is shown on old maps as Highfield Lane, but it is now usually regarded as an extension of The Balk.
The houses are at the southern end of The Balk, Walton.
© John S. Sargent, 2nd May 2004
Click to enlargeHighfield Lane heading south. It has a junction with Sike Lane (Walton FP No. 10), a bridleway to Stoneheaps Plantation and Haw Park Woods. Highfield Lane continues as a track across the high fields towards the railway line at Chevet Cutting, continuing to Chevet Lane. The track is a public footpath (Walton FP No. 11). Click to enlargeA fern leaf in its early stages.
Click to enlargeView from Highfield Lane (public footpath) towards Haw Park Wood and Monckton Works at Royston.
06 Dec 2010]
Click to enlargeA misty sun in the late afternoon over the High Field in Walton.
[4th March 2013]
Click to enlargeHorses (and sheep) may safely graze. Overtown Grange Farm.
© John S Sargent, 15th March 2003

English Heritage
Overtown Grange Farmhouse is a Grade II Listed building dating from the late 17th century, find out more on Images of England. IoE Number: 342349 . Location: Overtown Grange Farmhouse, Walton, Wakefield, West Yorkshire. Date listed: 27 August 1986.

Click to enlargeView of distant Wakefield from the stile on Public Right of Way Walton No. 6.
© John S Sargent, 20th February 2010.
Click to enlargeBack in 1995 the stables provided a des. res. for horses; now the stables have gone and have been replaced by houses.
[© John S. Sargent 1995]
Click to enlargeA White Christmas in Walton.
© John S Sargent, 24th March 2009
Click to enlargeThe pony, Manta, at the stables, Overtown Grange Farm.
© John S Sargent, 1997.
Click to enlargeSnack time at the farm. Stand well clear of the exploding apple!
© John S Sargent, 1997.
Click to enlargeA crock of gold nearby?
© John S Sargent, 11th March 2003.
Click to enlarge View across the fields to Rose Farm with Woodthorpe (Sandal) in the distance.
© John Sargent 17th April 2008.
Click to enlargeView across the fields to Overtown Grange Farm.
© John Sargent 17th April 2008
Click to enlarge Rose Farm, Walton. Once owned by the Spurr Family, the village family butchers. The track is a public footpath leading from the Balk to Overtown Grange Farm.
© John Sargent 20th February 2010.
Cross of St. GeorgeEnglish Heritage
Rose Farm dates from the mid-17th century. The farmhouse and its barn and attached outbuildings are Grade II Listed Buildings, find out more on Images of England.
IoE Number: 342347. Location: Rose Farmhouse, The Balk, Walton, Wakefield, West Yorkshire. Date listed: 20 January 1975. IoE Number: 342348. Location: Barn and attached outbuildings. Date listed: 20 January 1975.
Click to enlargeRose Farm, Walton. The track is a public footpath leading from the Balk to Overtown Grange Farm via a stile on the left.
© John Sargent 20th February 2010.
Rose Farm was once owned by the Spurr Family, the village butchers.

When Edwin Spurr took over Rose Farm on the death of his father in 1860, he built a shop-slaughterhouse which was in use until he gave up the farm in 1908.

■ See The Spurrs.

Click to enlargeView across the fields from the Balk to Rose Farm.
© John Sargent 17th April 2008.
 
Click to enlargeGulls in hot pursuit of a tractor by Sike Lane, Walton.
© John S Sargent, 15th March 2010.

Click to enlargeSnow covered farmland towards Rose Farm.
© John S Sargent, 24th December 2009.

Click to enlargeView of the southern end of The Balk.
© John S Sargent, 15th March 2010.
Click to enlargeA hedgerow tree, floating above the road. Highfield Lane (The Balk). This lane, together with Sike Lane, forms the public bridleway for the Trans Pennine Trail.
© John S Sargent, 11th July 2003.
Click to enlargeTraveller's Rest - a bench for the weary at the top of the hill. Sike Lane, Walton. The public bridleway goes to the left towards Haw Park Woods; to the right is a public footpath (Highfield Lane) across farmland towards Chevet.
© John S Sargent, 7th August 2004.
Click to enlargeHaw Park Bridge* above the canal cutting at Stoneheaps Plantation, Sike Lane, Walton. The public bridleway turns to the right towards Haw Park Woods; to the left on this side of the bridge a public footpath joins the Trans Pennine Trail on the old towpath for the Barnsley Canal.
(* Also known as Stoneheaps Bridge and, incorrectly on some maps, as "New Park Bridge".)
© John S Sargent, 7th July 2005.
Click to enlargeStoneheaps Plantation, view towards Sike Lane. Haw Park Bridge is to the left. The lane is a Trans Pennine Trail bridleway to Haw Park Wood.
[2015]
 
Click to enlargeA fleeting glimpse of a grass snake (Natrix natrix) as it disappears over the side of the Barnsley Canal cutting at Stoneheaps Plantation. These snakes have also been seen at Walton Colliery Nature Park. 16th April 2011.

Grass Snakes are harmless and are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.

It is an offence to kill, harm or injure them, sell or trade them in any way.

 

The grass snake prefers rough land and pasture, often close to a standing body of water. With the canal, lakes and reservoirs in the Walton area, it is not surprising that the snake lives in these parts.

It feeds almost exclusively on amphibians, and some may also eat small fish. The snake is an occasional garden visitor. It is non-venomous and should be left to get on with its life in peace.

Click to enlargeSometimes the grass snake is confused with the adder (viper). Most adders are distinctively marked with a dark zigzag running down the length of the spine and an inverted V or X shape marking on the head. Males are generally white or pale grey with a black zigzag. Females are a pale brown colour, with a darker brown zigzag. But some adders are entirely black and can be mistaken for some other species. The adder has a more thickset body than the grass snake and a vertically slit eye pupil. The grass snake's eyes have round pupils.

More information and pictures may be found at:
Reptiles and Amphibians of the U.K.
The Forestry Commission.

Public Footpath Swine Dike
Interactive Map of Walton
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Public Rights of Way in Walton.
Unofficial map of footpaths


Click here to find out more on the official Wakefield Council site.

Trans Pennine Trail





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