The Nature Park Now
The Nature Park is a modern creation dating from the 1980s that transformed a disused mine and unsightly slag heaps into a pleasant countryside amenity of benefit to wildlife and human beings alike.
Visit the Gallery to see pictures taken over the last ten years and more as the Nature Park has matured.
Car parking is available at the Shay Lane entrance with limited parking at the Oakenshaw Viaduct entrance. There is no public parking at the Woodyard Cottages / Chevet Terrace entrance.
Public Transport - Metro buses 194, 195 and 196 pass right by the Shay Lane entrance. The nearest railway station is Sandal and Agbrigg. The all-weather Sandal Curves footpath connects the station with Oakenshaw Lane not far from the Woodyard Cottages entrance to the park. [see side panel]
The Trans Pennine Trail and the National Cycle Route 67 cross the nature park. Find out more by clicking the links below.
In Walton we are fortunate have beautiful countryside on our doorstep: Haw Park Wood, Walton Park (Waterton Park), Anglers Country Park, Barnsley Canal walks, the Trans Pennine Trail, and more in the Wakefield area. It's all free!
Children start off reading in books about lions and giraffes and so on, but they also, if they're lucky enough and have reasonable privileges of any human being, are able to go into a garden and turn over stone and see a worm and see a slug and see an ant. Sir David Attenborough
National Route 67 is a north / south route option of the Trans Pennine Trail (central) and is open between Leeds, Wakefield, Barnsley, and Sheffield.
A national coast to coast route for recreation and transport – for walkers, cyclists and (in parts) horse riders
Ride responsibly. The Trail is a multi-user facility for walkers, cyclists, horse riders, families and mobility-impaired users. All these users share many of the section of path, so always ride with care, courtesy and consideration. Ensure your bike is fitted with a bell and make sure you have read the Trail Users Code.
Services 194, 195 and 196 pass right by the Shay Lane entrance.
Nearest railway station is Sandal & Agbrigg, Sandal Curves footpath connects the station with Oakenshaw Lane. Check with Metro for current situation.
Detail from the Millennium Compass
Grey Heron Often to be seen standing still for long periods at WCNP, Walton Hall & the Cold Hiendley Reservoir.