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Written by Matt Prosser - 18 Jul 2013
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Location notes
On Winterbourne Down to the North West of Bristol. The location offers two great views of the viaduct and the approaching embankment.
1) Face on view from the footpath along the Frome Valley Walk.
2) Oblique view from Huckford Lane off the A432 Badminton Road.
Railway type and traffic
Passenger traffic consists of HSTs, Voyagers and classes 143, 150, 158.
Freight traffic. A Freightliner each way Mondays to Fridays. Plenty of coal trains to and from Avonmouth / Portbury. 60s on the petroleum trains to South Wales. Engineering trains. Mostly DB Schenker with a few Freightliner 66 turns.
Link to Real Time Trains
RTT Link Winterbourne Viaduct
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Environment
Viewpoint 1) A very pleasant short and easy walk along the Frome Valley Walkway with many views of the viaduct. The path is wide and smooth. May be muddy after rain. The path can be accessed from the Dingle Bridge in Winterbourne Down or from Hicks Common Road where the railway crosses the road.
Viewpoint 2) a narrow lane off the A432. The lane peters out at a wides farm track junction where you can pull off and park. The viaduct is in plain sight ahead. The local residents are very friendly but please respect their property boundaries.
Road directions
From the M32, Junction 1:
Head West on the A4174. Through large traffic light junction, bear Left at the roundabout, and then take Left at the next Roundabout heading toward YATE on the A432 Badminton Road. Cross the M4 and then:
Viewpoint 1: take second Left. At the bottom of the hill is the Dingle Bridge.
Viewpoint 2: take third left into Huckford Lane.

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Winterbourne Viaduct map co-ordinates
Parking
Parking in the village is limited due to narrow roads, but should not be a problem. You could ask to park in the pub carparks and walk down the road.
Public transport
First Bus service 327 Bristol to Yate.

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Amenities
Village pubs are good and friendly.
Sun Compass
Sun Compass using Suncalc by brought to you by Vladimir Agafonkin:
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Winterbourne Viaduct

Googly map
Streetmap links
Winterbourne Viaduct general view map
Winterbourne Viaduct close up map

Windows Local Live Link - image quality may vary
Winterbourne Viaduct



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Photographic notes
The viewpoint is North facing so the sun is always behind you except in high summer when it will be on your Right / Left in the early morning /evening.
The footpath is quite wide and flat so using a tripod should not be a problem, but be considerate to walkers.
A longish lens is required for this location (50-200mm).


General views - All photographs © Matt Prosser unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking north west


Fig 1 - Looking north west


Fig 2 - Looking north west


Fig 2 - Looking north west


Fig 3 - Looking north


Fig 3 - Looking north


Fig 4 - Looking south


Fig 4 - Looking south


Fig 5 - Looking south east



Fig 5 - Looking south east


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