The Barnsley and Dearne & Dove Canals are derelict, with plans for restoration. Together they will form a through route between the Aire & Calder Navigation and the Sheffield and South Yorkshire Navigation.
There are two branches, the Elsecar Branch and the Worsbrough Branch, both from the Dearne & Dove Canal. With help from members of the Barnsley, Dearne & Dove Canals Trust I’ve produced the next maps in my series, covering these canals. Like all my maps for restoration projects, these are free to download.
The maps show the original route with the proposed restoration route clearly marked to show where they differ. Much of the Barnsley Canal route is still available, but it will require some new sections such as at Walton (shown above) where the original route has been built over. Much of the route of the Dearne & Dove Canal has been lost to modern developments, meaning most of the route will be on new alignments, although the Elsecar and Worsbrough Branches are largely intact.
I’ve produced one map covering both the Barnsley and Dearne & Dove Canals. It’s available to download in the usual Acrobat (pdf) and Memory-Map (qct) formats. There’s a choice for the Acrobat (pdf) format
- Single page Great for viewing on screen but too large to print
- Seven individual pages Great for printing A4 (or A5 if your eyesight is good enough)
Visit the Barnsley and Dearne & Dove Canals map page on my website to download the free maps. Eagle-eyed readers may spot there are discrepancies in the levels, particularly for the Elsecar and Worsbrough Branches between the old and new alignments as the old and new lock depths don’t match. I’m waiting for clarification about this.