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Walton Colliery Nature ParkIntroduction
As its name suggests, Walton Colliery Nature Park was created on the site of Walton Colliery (formerly Sharlston West).

It occupies a large parcel of land between Shay Lane and Oakenshaw Lane. It is bounded on three sides by railway lines and on the fourth by Shay Lane.

Much of the park is in Walton's neighbouring Parish of Crofton; both villages now enjoy the use of this magnificent amenity.

The nature park was designated a Local Nature Reserve in 2008.

■ Maps & Plans
■ About the colliery
■ Information board at the nature park (August 2017)

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 years 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 193, 194, 195 and 196 pass right by the Shay Lane entrance near the Nine Arches Railway Viaduct. 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.

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 a stone and see a worm and see a slug and see an ant.
Sir David Attenborough



Some useful links

Sustainable Transport
National Route 67 is a north / south route option of the Trans Pennine Trail (central) and is open between Leeds, Wakefield, Barnsley, and Sheffield.
The Trans Pennine Trail
Central Section
West Yorkshire
A national coast to coast route for recreation and transport – for walkers, cyclists and (in parts) horse riders
The Ramblers
Get Walking
Keep Walking
Please ring me!

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.
Footpaths and Bridleways
For more information about public rights of way in the Wakefield district, visit the official Wakefield website.
Click here for Walton's Public Rights of Way.
Wakefield Bird Sites
Wakefield District Cycling Forum
Wakefield District Cycling Forum
(with maps)
Walton Colliery
Nature Park

search official
Wakefield MDC
RSPB England

Overtown Miscellany (overtown.org.uk) is not affiliated to these sites.

Walton Colliery Nature Park
Waymarker - National Cycle Network

Books about Walton, Charles Waterton, Guyana, and more!
See a selection of
books about Walton,
Charles Waterton,
Guyana and more.
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Friends of
Walton Colliery
Nature Park

on the
the official
Wakefield MDC

a song by
Alison (Ali) Bullivent
Walton Colliery
Butterflies by Alison Bullivent

Go by bus or train

Metro - West Yorkshire Passenger Transport.
Services 193, 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.

Click to enlarge
Detail from the Millennium Compass, School Lane

Wakefield District
Health Walk No. 19.
& Walton Colliery Nature Park.
Read the pamphlet.
Grey Heron
Grey Heron
Often to be seen standing still for long periods at WCNP, Walton Hall & the Cold Hiendley Reservoir.



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