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National Coal Mining Museum for England
Caphouse Colliery, New Rd, WF4 4RH Wakefield
Sunday 25th June meet at 10.15am
Walk will be around 5 miles, approx. 2 hours finishing back at the Museum
Painting: © The family of the late Tom McGuinness
Join us for a walk through the hidden mining landscape and see the influence industry had on the local countryside. This guided walk will offer a brief introduction to the history of coal mining in the area, and of Caphouse and its associated pits. Led by Museum volunteer Alan France.
As with many rural communities, until the coming of the “modern” road network, farms and villages were connected by tracks and footpaths, and this walk used old footpaths as the basis for exploring the countryside around the Museum – a journey which is a means of understanding the landscape through its geology, archaeology, and industrial history.
Coal mining has been carried out on the high ground between the Calder, Colne and Dearne rivers for hundreds of years, and this was a major factor in the choice of Caphouse colliery as the site for the National Coal Mining Museum.
Where from — The walk will start and finish at the Museum.
Meet between 10:15 and 10:30 in the pit yard under the flagpole.
Distance — The walk will be around 5 miles and should last about 2hrs
Route — There are some moderate gradients along the route, but nothing too steep. The paths are clear, but can get muddy in really bad weather.
Café — The café will be open and serving hot food at lunchtime
Walking in Safety: Walking in the outdoors will always require a degree of common sense and judgement to ensure it is as safe as possible.
• Be particularly careful on muddy and slippery paths, where the consequence of a slip can be very serious
• Some sections of the route are by, or cross roads. Take care and remember, traffic is a danger even on country or minor lanes
• Be careful around farms and farmyard machinery and livestock, especially if you have children or a dog with you.
• Follow the countryside code – respect others, protect the environment, and enjoy the countryside If you are interested in attending the walk please let us know at
FREE, No need to pre-book.