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Walton Colliery Nature Park, Shay Lane.

As its name suggests, Walton Colliery Nature Park (WCNP) 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, PDF. (August 2017)

Trans Pennine Trail Waymarker.

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.

"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
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.

Public Transport - Metro buses 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.
Bus information as at 12th October 2018, check bus timetables at West Yorkshire Metro.

sustransThe National Cycle Route 67and the Trans Pennine Trail cross the nature park.

Click the image to find out more.
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.

Trans Pennine TrailThe Trans Pennine Trail
Find out more here.

Click to enlarge.

Women in the Miners' Strike, 1984-5
This two-year project, from 2018-2020, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council,
aims to examine the experiences of women in coalfield communities during the miners' strike of 1984-5. 

To do this, we are collecting a new bank of oral history interviews with
women from all around England, Scotland and Wales.

The project is based at UCL and the University of Reading.
Our project partner is the National Coal Mining Museum for England.
(Extract from web site.)

Walton Colliery Nature Park

Waymarker - National Cycle Network

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