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|Penistone Line: Barnsley Canal and Cloisters|
|Author: Penistone Line, Published: 22 Sep 2017||Walk Rating:|
|South Yorkshire, Barnsley|
|A 7.5 mile linear walk from Barnsley rail station to Wombwell rail station in South Yorkshire, discovering some of the beautiful green spaces and attractions between these two towns. Along the way you will discover a pretty section of the Barnsley Canal, the beautiful lakes and parkland of Dearne Valley Country Park, the substantial ruins of Monk Bretton Abbey, stretches of former train lines and the extensive cemetery in Wombwell. The return leg can be completed via a simple 6 minute train journey. |
The walk includes just a few gentle gradients and follows surfaced paths for the majority of the route. There are a couple of stretches over grass that can be muddy. There are no stiles, gates or livestock on route, but you will need to negotiate two flights of steps, a few staggered barriers and some squeeze gaps. There are a few road crossings that need care and you will be sharing some of the old rail paths with cyclists. Allow 3.5 hours.
This walk is one of the Penistone Line Collection, published through a collaboration between The Penistone Line Partnership and iFootpath to help visitors discover the beautiful countryside and attractions accessible by train between Huddersfield and Sheffield.
The walk starts from Barnsley rail station making it ideal for arriving by public transport. If you are coming by car, the station has its own car park. Approximate post code S71 1BP. The return leg is via train, and trains normally run every 30 mins Mon-Sat and every hour on Sundays, but please check before you travel.
|Start to Barnsley Canal|
Start point: 53.5544 lat, -1.477 long
Leave the Barnsley Station via the Platform 1 exit (east side), cross over the road to the far pavement and turn left along this, passing a station car park on your left. Before you reach the traffic lights at the bottom of the hill, turn right into the small side road, Mottram Way, and at the T-junction turn right again. After passing the last house on your left, turn left down the cobbled slope and, as you reach the next road, dog-leg right then left to join the pavement directly alongside the dual carriageway (which runs on your right).
|Barnsley Canal to Picnic Area|
Start point: 53.5584 lat, -1.4682 long
The canal was built in the 1790s, creating a 15-mile link from Barnby Basin through Barnsley and on to a junction with the Aire and Calder Navigation near Wakefield. It was used to transport the coal reserves mined around the Barnsley area to the wider market. Railways arrived in the area in the 1840s, but the canal route remained profitable until 1942. The canal was abandoned soon after but a volunteer restoration group is working to restore some sections.
|Picnic Area to Grange Bridge|
Start point: 53.5556 lat, -1.4573 long
At the end of the picnic area you will come to a T-junction in the path, with a fence ahead. Turn left and cross the small bridge ahead which leads you over the lake overflow. Continue to the corner of the lake on your left, where you will reach a crossroads of paths with a small black waymarker post. Turn right and follow the narrow path winding through the trees, soon with the river running on your right.
|Grange Bridge to Monk Bretton Priory|
Start point: 53.5518 lat, -1.4399 long
Cross over the road with care and go straight ahead to join the tarmac path which swings left and then right into the next stretch of park. 70 metres beyond this right bend, you will see a tarmac side path on your left. Turn left along this to reach the end of a residential road.
|Monk Bretton Priory to Doncaster Road|
Start point: 53.5543 lat, -1.4385 long
When you are ready to continue, head back through the entrance gate and turn sharp left to retrace your steps back down the lane, through the staggered barrier and arches, and back to the T-junction with the parkland path. Turn left through the remainder of the parkland and, as you approach the tall former rail bridge ahead, follow the tarmac path as it swings left, heading up to the slope to reach a T-junction with the former rail line.
|Doncaster Road to Dove Valley Trail|
Start point: 53.546 lat, -1.4381 long
On the opposite side of the road you will see a choice of two paths through staggered barriers. Cross over to take the left-hand of these two paths, a tarmac path which swings steadily right leading you up to a junction of paths with a Trans Pennine Trail fingerpost just to your left. Turn left to join another stretch of old rail line, signed as the Trans Pennine Trail towards Wombwell, and crossing the tall-sided metal bridge which crosses the Stairfoot Roundabout below.
|Dove Valley Trail to Wombwell Cemetery|
Start point: 53.5342 lat, -1.4127 long
Keep ahead and you will emerge to a junction with a road, Bradberry Balk Lane. Cross over and go straight ahead on the Dove Valley Trail. You will emerge to the next road, an access road known as Dove Valley Way. Here you have two choices.
|Wombwell Cemetery to Aldham House Lane|
Start point: 53.5233 lat, -1.4035 long
Turn right through the cemetery gates and keep ahead to pass between two large chapel buildings. This is the perfect spot to pause and understand your surroundings. Wombwell Cemetery opened in 1868 and contains two gothic chapels. Sadly, the cemetery and chapels fell into disrepair in the late 1900s before a group of volunteers, Friends of Wombwell Cemetery took over its care in 2002. One chapel (on your left) had already lost its roof in a fire, but today houses an open-air peace garden, whilst the other (on your right) has been fully restored and acts as a community hub. The cemetery has several interesting graves if you have time to explore. A stone football marks the grave of Mark Jones, one of the eight Manchester United players killed in the Munich Air Disaster in February 1958. A stone violin marks the grave of Willie Johnson, a violinist for a string band that once played across Wombwell and Barnsley.
|Aldham House Lane to End|
Start point: 53.5228 lat, -1.4164 long
Cross over the main road with care and go straight ahead into the small tarmac lane ahead (taking care of any occasional traffic). Follow the lane for about 400 metres and then look for a vehicle barrier on your left. NOTE: Sadly, this lower part of Summer Lane and the area in front of this barrier has a history of fly-tipping (so watch feet and paws!), but any issues quickly end once you are past the barrier. Turn left alongside the barrier and follow the tarmac and grass track leading you between hedges and trees. At the far end, emerge alongside the vehicle barrier and you will see Wombwell rail station on your right. From this station, you can catch a Penistone Line train back to Barnsley where the walk began.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2017 by the author Penistone and may not be reproduced without permission.
The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.
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|Image by: Penistone Line |
Uploaded: 22 Sep 2017
Wombwell Cemetery opened in 1868 and contains two gothic chapels this is one is an open-air peace garden
|Image by: Penistone Line |
Uploaded: 22 Sep 2017
Monk Bretton Priory
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