Books on the Lane is tucked away in a garden at the bottom of Oakenshaw Lane, a boundary road of the pretty village of Walton, just south of Wakefield, West Yorkshire.
We have a comprehensive stock of titles covering nature writing, children’s nature books, flora, gardening, and a small selection of fiction and non-fiction best sellers.
We have a car park for customers and vehicular access is easy – we’re just a short ten minute drive from junction 39 of the M1 and also easy to access via bus/metro with a bus stop just two minutes away from our shop, and a footpath from Sandal/Agbrigg Railway Station just a two minute walk from our shop door. Cyclists are welcome.
Our opening times
Please note our shop will be closed due to a family commitment Thursday 02 July to Saturday 04 July. We shall re-open Wednesday 08 July.
Wednesdays 10:30 am to 5 pm
Thursdays 10:30 am to 5 pm
Fridays 10:30 am to 5 pm
Saturdays 10:30 am to 5 pm
We share premises with Walton Herbs, which operates through the spring and early summer with a substantial range of seasonal herb plants. Profit from both shops funds The Yorkshire Live Music Project CIC, of which they are a trading arm. YLMP provides financial support for youth music in Yorkshire. (The Yorkshire Live Music Project CIC, reg England no. 09160989)
The Little Gallery
We’re keen to support local artists – every two months or so we exhibit ‘inspired by nature’ work by artists who are local to Walton, Wakefield and Yorkshire.
We understand how important it is to provide showcase opportunities and we’re delighted and proud to be able to exhibit work from some of the finest and most creative artists working in the North today.
Our current exhibition is by Louise Allen, who lives in Walton. She says:
“My artwork is inspired by the local environment of Wakefield and my many walking trips along the East Coast of Yorkshire.
“I initially studied interior and graphic design and in my 20s I worked as a designer and illustrator in industry. Eventually I moved into teaching and I teach mainly media studies in secondary education.
“In recent years I have started to develop my own practice as an artist. There are two strands to my work. The first is life drawing which I do regularly at Westgate studios in Wakefield, the second is printmaking. Over the last 2 years I have undertaken collagraph courses with established print makers, Laney Birkhead, and Sarah Ross-Thompson. I have taken part in international print exchanges and more recently #printersolstice which was a weekly printing challenge through the winter months.
“The work on display at Books on the Lane is mostly collagraph printing – I enjoy the tones and textures made possible with this intaglio technique, and I also love being able to re-cycle to make the printing plates. I have a mini printing press which often limits the size of my work and I’m excited to be building my facilities to expand and develop my practice.”