Walton Colliery Nature Park


Important Information

​​Open every day

Located 3 miles south east of Wakefield, Walton Colliery Nature Park consists of lakes and ponds, woodland and grassland and also a section of the Barnsley Canal.

Nature conservation

A local nature reserve – managed to protect and improve its habitats for the benefit of wildlife, there is always something different to see as the wildlife changes with the seasons- spring sees the arrival of the Cuckoo and watch out for Grass Snake basking in the summer sunshine (the UK's largest non-venomous snake). 

The park boasts a variety of wildflowers including Common Spotted and Southern Marsh Orchids. 

Walton Colliery Nature Park  


Facilities and activities

  • Free parking
  • Network of paths through the park for walking and cycling
  • Horse riders welcome - please use designated routes
  • The national Trans Pennine Trail runs through the site
  • Information panels provide the visitor with points of interest



If you are interested in becoming a volunteer the Friends of Walton Colliery Nature Park help the Countryside Officers (rangers) to manage and maintain the site. Past activities include site clean-ups  and installing a way-marked trail.

Visit Friends of Walton Colliery Nature Park Facebook page for further details about the Friends group. If you are interested in becoming a member please contact friendswcnp@gmail.com

If you are interested in local volunteering opportunities on this and other sites please get in touch.


Contact us


Waterton Countryside Discovery Centre
Anglers Country Park
Haw Park Lane

01924 860280