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Barnsley Canal in Walton Colliery Nature Park

This part of the canal runs through what was the Walton Colliery (formerly 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 railway and the lane there is a stretch in water heading northwards 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 here for a diagram of the canal route.

 More pictures of Walton Colliery Nature Park.

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1. 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.
[May 2004]
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2. A similar scene to the one on the left, but decidely colder! [January 2010]
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3. View of the canal near the location of the now vanished Walton Colliery.
[January 2010]
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4. New Year's Day 2010. The canal is partially frozen over. The Oakenshaw Railway Viaduct is in the distance. Not a day for lingering.
[1st January 2010]

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