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Written by Jonathan Hughes - 02 Feb 2016
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Location notes
A simple foot crossing over the Brighton main line just to the North of Wiveslfield Station on the northern edge of Burgess Hill. A style on either side of the line neds to be crossed to access the foot crossing.
It is about a 7 minute walk from Wivelsfield Station which can be seen looking to the south from the crossing; to the North, Haywards Heath station can just about be seen through the tunnel in the distance.
Access is via a walk through the paths and fields of Bedelands Nature reserve or down the path from Valebridge road where parking is possible... but limited!
Railway type and traffic
Brighton Mainline: Southern, Thameslink and Gat-ex passenger trains running London to Brighton, and Southern trains from London to Eastbourne, Hastings and Ore, and Newhaven and occasionally to Seaford.
Some freight (not much) mainly the Newhaven aggregates to Acton ML most days, and the very occasional mainline steam.
Link to Real Time Trains
RTT Link Bedelands Farm Crossing
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Edge of town, with the backs of house to the eastern side approach to the crossing; open fields of a nature reserve to the west. Permanent travellers' camp to the south on the western side but feeling nicely rural. No animals to disturb, but no shelter from the elements either.
Road directions

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Bedelands Farm Crossing map co-ordinates
Park along the road in Valebridge road, but not too close to the crest of the hill where the footpath branches away from the road, but also where the speed limit increases from 30.
Public transport
Wivelsfield railway station is a 10 minute walk away - straight along Valebridge and Leylands Roads.

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There is a chip shop, bakery and post office near Wivelsfield station; toilets near playing fields at bottom of Manor Road and sandwich shop/cafe (recommended) at bottom of Valebridge Road.
Sun Compass
Sun Compass using Suncalc by brought to you by Vladimir Agafonkin:
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Bedelands Farm Crossing

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Streetmap links
Bedelands Farm Crossing general view map
Bedelands Farm Crossing close up map

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Photographic notes
The best images are in the afternoon with traffic headed South (looking North), standing on the west side of the crossing and the light coming from the south west, illuminating the traffic and trees behind. The sun can be tricky in the middle of the day and afternoon if looking to the South, but it is do-able from the east-side of the crossing.
The location is good for viewing the Southern, Thameslink and Gat-ex units that operate between London (and Bedford) and Brighton and Eastbourne/Hastings, with the occasional freight to/from Newhaven and the very occasional RHTT or steam special. The best view is from the west side of the crossing looking north where the sun will nicely illuminate the oncoming traffic against the trees all year; the undergrowth can become a little tall in the late summer but most of the year it is a reasonable view.
Looking to the south, the view is better from the eastern side of the crossing, although both ways can be viewed from both sides.

General views - All photographs © Jonathan Hughes unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking north

Fig 1 - Looking north

Fig 2 - Looking south

Fig 2 - Looking south

Fig 3 - Looking north

Fig 3 - Looking north

Sunrise during the winter months.

Location Video

Tornado July 2013

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