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Written by Mark Bearton - 31 Jan 2005
last update by Bevan Price - 03 Sep 2006
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Location notes
The road to Thornhill is in the Hope Valley, near the village of Hope. It is a picturesque area in the Peak District and is located on the line from Manchester to Sheffield.
Railway type and traffic
There is an hourly service both from Manchester to Cleethorpes, usually Trans Pennines class 158 units, and from Liverpool to Norwich, usually Central's 158 and 170 units. In addition, there is a two hourly local service of 142s from Newton Heath's allocation, and a variety of freight trains, in particular Stone Trains heading east from Peak Forest and Infrastructure trains to Castleton.
The area is rural, the bridge here being on a quiet country lane.
Road directions
From the Sheffield direction, take the A6187 towards Hope. About 1km after the A6013 turns right towards Bamford, there is a road on the right signposted towards Thornhill. The bridge is about 200 yards up here.

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Thornhill map co-ordinates
You can park on the lane after the bridge.
Public transport
It would be a long walk (maybe 30 minutes) from Hope station. Turn left onto the main road and head towards Bamford, turning left towards Thornhill.
First Bus service 272 operates from Sheffield to Bamford, Hope and Castleton, every 1/2 hours.

How ever it is a much shorter walk from Bamford station (12 to 15 mins) than from Hope. Turn left on leaving the station. Turn first right into a minor road. Turn right at the end of this road onto the A6187 road. Ignore a footpath sign marked Thornhill, and continue on the main road until you see Thornhill Lane on the right.

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Sun Compass
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Googly map
Streetmap links
Thornhill general view map
Thornhill close up map

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Photographic notes
The light is best until early afternoon for trains heading east, though you get limited warning of their approach. After this the light favours looking east, where the view is more restricted.

General views - All photographs © Mark Bearton unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking west

Fig 1 - Looking west

Fig 2 - Looking east

Fig 2 - Looking east

Fig 3 - Looking east

Fig 3 - Looking east

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