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Written by Wayland Smith - 13 Mar 2005
last update by Stephen Bersey - 26 Jan 2009
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Location notes
A footbridge over the Otford to Maidstone East railway in a rural setting but close to the M26.

Update 26-01-09 from Stephen Bersey:
"I attempted to get there today from Otford Station, The last part of the walk after you pass over the M26 motorway bridge is a bit of a nightmare are the field is a virtual quagmire. I returned back to the station."
Railway type and traffic
Currently, the line sees a mixture of South Eastern Class 365, 465s. The route is popular with excursions especially heading from Victoria to Canterbury and or Folkstone.
Environment
A rural footbridge in open fields, spanning two tracks and an up loop line. The M26 motorway runs in a cutting several hundred metres to the north.
Road directions
From the M25, Junction 5:
Take the Tonbridge turning towards the A21. At the end of the motorway take the A25 towards Sevenoaks and Borough Green. Follow the A25 for about 2 miles, before turning left up the A225 towards Dartford. From the A225 Sevenoaks to Dartford road, now heading north out of Sevenoaks: Take the first turn after crossing the M26 and then follow the cul-de-sac until the end.
A footpath leads from here to the bridge which is about 500m away.

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Otford Junction, Kent map co-ordinates
Parking
A quiet residential cul-de-sac in a very well to do area.
Public transport
From Otford Station:
Head for the foot crossing at the bottom of the car park (London platform side). Turn right and head away from the railway without crossing it. After emerging into the residential street, take the second left. At the end of this cul-de-sac is a footpath which passes through one small field, bears left under the railway and then right over the motorway. The bridge is about 500m further on. Total distance approx 1mile. These fields can become difficult to use if the weather has been wet.

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Amenities
There are no facilities at this rural location. Otford town centre only has a pub - there are no snack shops here!
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Otford Junction, Kent

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Photographic notes
The line is fairly clear from shadows, especially in the up direction. There are three tracks - up, down and up loop for trains to recess. The line runs east to west so up trains are better by afternoon, down by morning. There is no meshing / caging at this location and the parpaet is low. There is moderate background noise from the M26.


General views - All photographs © Wayland Smith unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking north


Fig 1 - Looking north

Looking in the up direction

Fig 2 - Looking south


Fig 2 - Looking south

Looking in the down direction

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