The towpath surface is good, tarmac on one side and level earth on the other, which can become muddy during wet weather.

Picnic benches can be found close to Woodlesford Lock.

The Midland is a Family owned and operated busy local Inn popular with local trade in the community of Woodlesford. Serving fantastic quality, locally sourced food at honest prices. A friendly, welcoming place to eat, drink & stay with a contemporary Coffee Shop next door.

most footwear will do Parking: A small, free car park can be found next to Woodlesford Lock. Alternative parking can be found in the village centre.

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Sundays, there is an hourly service to Leeds and train every two hours to Sheffield and Knottingley respectively.

Ivatt 2-6-0 43130 with an engineering train passing through Woodlesford in the mid 1960s. The loco was built at Horwich

The station was opened in 1840 and formed part of the original North Midland Railway from Derby to Leeds built by George Stephenson.[2] During the early 20th century, coal trains from the nearby Water Haigh colliery provided regular goods traffic, as did the Armitage Quarries and Bentley's Yorkshire Brewery which had their own sidings. Parcels headed for the nearby town of Rothwell were unloaded here.

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Ransomes & Rapier in 1931 and was capable of lifting loads of up to 40 tons. It was also based at Leeds Holbeck from 1939

works in 1951. It was based at Leeds Holbeck shed and withdrawn and cut up for scrap in 1967. The crane was built by

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background are houses on Eshald Lane, and on the horizon, Woodlesford church with its spire. Photo by Derek Rayner.   

The village was the home of Bentley's Yorkshire Bitter, until the brewery was acquired by Whitbread plc in 1968 and closed down four years later. The Bentley family built the brewery, Eshald Mansion and All Saints Church. The Church opened in 1880s and closed in the 1990s. It has since been redeveloped as a house[2] and the Mansion divided into flats.

her Diamond Jubilee. Unfortunately her namesake was consigned to the cutter's torch many years ago. In the 

The village has its own Army Cadet Force unit (part of Yorkshire North & West ACF) which is based adjacent to Oulton Library and the playing field/skate park.

Nearby you will find; Thwaite Mills Museum, St. Aiden's Nature Reserve, Rothwell Country Park and Leventhorpe Vineyard.

Woodlesford railway station serves Woodlesford and Rothwell in West Yorkshire, England. It lies on the Hallam Line and the Pontefract Line.

The name is first attested between 1188 and 1202, in the form Widlesford, with other medieval forms including Wryd(e)lesford(e). These other forms are closer to the likely origin: Old English *wrīdels 'thicket' + ford 'ford'. The ford in question must have been on the road from Tadcaster to Wakefield, crossing the River Aire.[1]

In 1850, a train was in a rear-end collision with an excursion train at the station. The cause was a signal not being lit at night.[4]

A Sentinel Super steam wagon at Bentley's brewery in the 1920s.

The station operates 7 days a week, with services on the Hallam Line (Leeds to Sheffield); and the Pontefract Line (Leeds to Knottingley, with limited services continuing to Goole). The service connects to Leeds City Centre, with a journey time of 8 minutes. Other services connect the village to Castleford, Normanton, Glasshoughton, Pontefract Monkhill, Knottingley, Wakefield Kirkgate, Darton, Barnsley, Wombwell, Elsecar, Chapeltown, Meadowhall Interchange and Sheffield.

until 1978. Since December 1982 it has been preserved at the Nene Valley Railway near Peterborough.


Between quarters 3 and 4 of the calendar year, the steam-powered Scarborough Spa Express train operates services to Scarborough on Tuesdays and Thursdays, calling at Woodlesford railway station. Passengers spend three hours at Scarborough before the return journey.[citation needed]

it was named after Princess Elizabeth who had been born a year earlier. In 2012 Queen Elizabeth II celebrated 

The nearest toilets are for customers of the village pubs, café and hotel.

Major roads are situated nearby including the M1, M62, A1 and an M1/A1 link road.

In late 2010 a footbridge was erected at the station to replace the crossing.[3]

Much of Woodlesford's expansion took place from the nineteenth century as a mining village. Woodlesford contained four operational pits at Bower's Row by 1896, all owned by T & R W Bower Ltd and managed by W S Blackburn. There was also mining at Rothwell Colliery. When coal production ceased in 1983 the area declined though recovered in large part due to its position for commuters.

Monday to Saturdays there is a half-hourly service to Leeds and an hourly service to Sheffield on the Hallam Line and hourly towards Knottingley on the Pontefract Line.[1]

A view of Water Haigh colliery from Fleet Lane as it was being demolished in 1972. Photo by Jim Hardwick,   

Located just minutes from Junction 30 of the M62 and Junction 44 of the M1- Great Location for East and South Leeds, 10 minutes from Wakefield and Leeds City Centres. Situated on the A 642 located in the suburb of Woodlesford- Easy access.

Keep a look out for working boats and barges. The area is popular with boaters and boats can be seen year round, but especially in the summer months.

Woodlesford is a village in the metropolitan county of West Yorkshire, England, 6 miles (10 km) south-east of Leeds city centre. It is in the City of Leeds metropolitan borough. Woodlesford was formerly part of the Rothwell Urban District. The village now falls within the Rothwell Ward of the Leeds Metropolitan Council. The village sits on the banks of the Aire and Calder Canal and river system.

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The Aire & Calder Navigation was built to connect Leeds to the Humber and the North Sea. Unique to this navigation were ‘Tom Puddings’, huge open containers for carrying coal, linked together and pushed along by tugs.

Elizabeth, one of Water Haigh colliery's surface shunting engines. Built by Hudswell Clarke in Hunslet in 1927