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BARNSLEY CANAL
OLD ROYSTON TO ROYSTON
PAGE 1 - THE TRAIL TO MIDLAND ROAD
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1. The Trans Pennine Trail. The southbound sign at Old Royston, West Yorkshire. From this point it is 1.5 miles to Royston, South Yorkshire, and 8.5 miles to Barnsley. The trail runs alongside the Midland railway line, not the canal, until the area known as Bear Cave, where there was once a railway viaduct and junction. It then crosses the canal and continues to Royston between the railway line and the canal. This section of the trail is also part of National Cycle Route 67.
[June 2010]
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2. Near Old Royston, the junction of the Trans Pennine Trail and, to the right, the Chevet Branch Line Track to Newmillerdam.
[May 2014]
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3. Walkers and cyclists share this part of the Trans Pennine Trail.
[May 2014]
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4. Webs envelope the stripped branches of a small bush by the Midland Railway line. The small oak seems to have escaped the fate of the shrouded bush..
[May 2014]


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5. A stretch of the canal in water above Royston. Photographed 30th June 2010 from the Trans Pennine Trail, which rejoins the canal on the approach to Royston after parting company with it at Old Royston.
[June 2010]
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6. On the way to Royston, the Trans Pennine Trail alongside the canal.
[May 2014]
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7. An attractive stretch of the canal to the north of Royston.
[May 2014]
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8. A moorhen enjoying the relative peace and quiet of the canal near Royston.
Latin name Gallinula chloropus.

Bird family: Rails, crakes and coots
Protected by The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981

Read more at the RSPB.
[26 May 2014]





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9. The canal a short distance north of Midland Road.
May 2014]
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10. The railway and Monckton Coke and Chemical Works from the Trans Pennine Trail just north of Royston.The plant closed on 15th December 2014, marking the end of one of the last remnants of Royston’s industrial past. 
[May 2014]
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11. Monckton Coke and Chemical Works in the distance, viewed from the towing path.
[May 2014]
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12. View from the Trans Pennine Trail on the old towing path just north of Midland Road, Royston. The big black heaps, of course, belong to Monckton Coke and Chemical Works.
[May 2014]


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13. Coke has been made on the Monckton site at Royston for over 130 years.

Monckton is the only independent coke production plant in the United Kingdom. More information (external link).
[26 May 2014]

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14. Midland Road at Royston. The canal route and Trans Pennine Trail continues southwards on the other side of the road.
[26 May 2014]


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