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Walton Colliery Nature Park
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Soap House Bridge
Cherry Tree
Walton Hall Bridge
Haw Park Bridge
Clay Royd Bridge
Blue Bridge
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Walton Colliery Nature Park, Main Page

Barnsley Canal in Walton Colliery Nature Park

This part of the canal runs through what was the Walton Colliery (Sharlston West) and is now the Walton Colliery Nature Park. This stretch extends for about 400 metres or so between Oakenshaw Railway Viaduct and the Wakefield to Doncaster main railway line by Woodyard Cottages.

Drain Beck (from Walton Hall) and Oakenshaw Beck (from Crofton) flow into the nature park - an area much disturbed by mining and subsequent landscaping. The water from the becks continues towards Agbrigg and the River Calder. Oakenshaw Beck flows into the River Calder alongside the remains of the canal's Lock 1.

The canal is filled in on both sides of Oakenshaw Lane and Oakenshaw Viaduct. To the west of the lane there is a stretch in water towards Agbrigg and Heath Common; to the east, the canal is in water for much of its route in the nature park. Walton Angling Club has fishing rights on the canal.

On this stretch the canal is in water for approximately the length shown in blue on th map.

Click on the pictures below to enlarge.

More about Walton Colliery Nature Park [ click here].
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The Barnsley Canal in water - but it is just a short stretch and ends before the Oakenshaw Viaduct at the boundary of the nature park. Another stretch of canal commences the other side of Oakenshaw Lane but it ends before it reaches Heath.
© John S. Sargent 13th May 2004.


Click to enlargeA similar scene to the one on the left, but decidely colder.
© John S. Sargent 13th January 2010.

Click to enlargeView of the canal towards the nature park near the location of the now vanished Walton Colliery.
© John S. Sargent 1st January 2010.
Click to enlargeNew Year's Day 2010. The canal is partially frozen over. The Oakenshaw Railway Viaduct is in the distance. Not a day for lingering. © John S. Sargent 1st January 2010.

This area is covered by
Ordnance Survey Explorer Map, Sheet 278.

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