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Written by Sam Tanner - 20 Jun 2009
last update by Paul Cox - 19 Aug 2009
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Location notes
An idyllic country scene set in Norfolk. The location itself is a road bridge over the single track section of the Norwich - Great Yarmouth section between Brundall and Lingwood.
Railway type and traffic
Hourly service between Norwich and Great Yarmouth. Services depart Brundall for Great Yarmouth at xx:46 and depart Lingwood for Norwich at xx:32. It is a 4/5 minute run between Brundall and Lingwood either direction.
During the summer season, one run of the Great Yarmouth drags is guaranteed to pass Cockoo Lane, 1V26 Norwich - Great Yarmouth. The return ECS 5V26 Great Yarmouth - Norwich Crown Point is booked via this route, but frequently runs via Reedham, so mobile internet access is advised to make sure your not waiting about for nothing. If it does run via Reedham, it can be heard, so you know when to leave.
Going on the RHTT 2008 workings, 3W89 Norwich - Acle and 3W90 Acle - Norwich are due at Cuckoo Lane approximatly 10:42 and 11:05 respectivly.
Environment
Surrounded by fields, not far from Strumpshaw village. No trouble all day. The road is used, but is relatively quiet. On the bridge is a grass verge with plenty of room for kit and keeping out of the way of traffic. Expect a lot of locals pulling up alongside and asking if 'something special' is coming!
Road directions
Turn right from the A47 onto Cucumber Lane towards Brundall. Once in Brundall, follow the road to your left onto The Street. Follow this, passing under the Norwich - Great Yarmouth line. A short distance after this, the road will sweep left. Cuckoo Lane is just after this on your left hand side. Caution should be used on Cuckoo Lane itself. The road is a very narrow single track with raised embankments. Once the brow of the hill is reached though, you will be fine.

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Cuckoo Lane, Strumpshaw map co-ordinates
Parking
Just before the bridge from the directions above, there is a lay-by/field entrance. Parking here is fine.
Public transport
Walking only takes about 10-20 minutes. From the station, head into Brundall and onto The Street. Follow the road directions from here.
The 17A passes here Lingwood in the eastern direction and South Tuckswood on return, this also passes the Norwich Thorpe Rail station.

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Amenities
No toilets in the immediate area. At least one pub is available in Strumpshaw. Usual amenities in Brundall as well as Strumpshaw.
Accommodation
Accomodation is available in Brundall, Strumpshaw, Acle etc..
A quick search on the Norfolk Broads website should yield a few results.
Sun Compass
Sun Compass using Suncalc by brought to you by Vladimir Agafonkin:
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Cuckoo Lane, Strumpshaw

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Cuckoo Lane, Strumpshaw general view map
Cuckoo Lane, Strumpshaw close up map

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Cuckoo Lane, Strumpshaw



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Photographic notes
Up to 11:00 is your best bet for services towards Great Yarmouth. After 13:00 is best for services towards Norwich. The 2-hour gap is a little indifferent.
Due to the elevated nature on the bridge, it is possible to avoid the worst of the sun glare if your shooting in sunny conditions facing Norwich, but be prepared for some post session editing of your shots.
For videos: Perfectly fine. As mentioned previously, the traffic is sparse. Start filming early for services from Norwich, particularly the Brush Type 4 drags and the RHTT. The gradient will provide some good audio.


General views - All photographs © Sam Tanner unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking east


Fig 1 - Looking east


Fig 2 - Looking west


Fig 2 - Looking west


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