Cyclists on the Wonders of Wakefield (WoW) cycle trail now take it for granted they can enjoy a traffic-free ride through Walton Colliery Nature Park (WCNP). But it was not always thus!
Originally cycling from Crofton to WCNP required cyclist to negotiate the busy Shay Lane. It took a five-year campaign by Wakefield District Cycle Forum (WDCF) to open the new traffic-free route. The new access resulted from the removal of palisade fencing under the railway line which borders WCNP and joined up two existing paths for cyclists and walkers.
Nostell Estate, which lies to the south of the villages of Foulby and Nostell, is at the heart of the traffic free network of cycle routes that extends to Anglers Country Park and links with the Trans Pennine Trail to Walton in the north and Barnsley to the south and on to Newmillerdam in the west.
The map below illustrates the network of paths created by the completion of the Chevet Branch Line path (the longer of the red lines), over two years previously, and the new path in Nostell Estate (the shorter red line).
Good turnout on the inaugral ride