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Written by Stuart Benson - 17 Jul 2005
last update by Marcus Dawson - 24 Jun 2009
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Location notes
A footbridge which spans the Derby to Birmingham line. The line is a long straight between here and Stenson Junction which is about 1 1/2 miles to the north east.
Railway type and traffic
1/2 hourly Virgin Voyagers in each direction, hourly Central Trains services, freight services mainly operated by DB Schenker and Freightliner and also GBRf. Serco test trains and movements from Brush works to the West coast.
Environment
A quiet footbridge on a little used footpath in quite pleasant surroundings adjacent to a canal. To the north are trees and the canal, to the south is open land.
Road directions
From the A38 / A50 junction (This is the junction for Toyota) follow the B5005 Etwall Road towards Willington. On arrival in Willington cross the canal bridge then turn left by the Green Man public house. Continue past the Rising Sun public house and immediately turn left into a car park just before the bridge under the railway line. This car park is indicated as the 'station' car park. Park here and head back down the road to Willington Railway Station and follow the public transport directions from here.

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Willington map co-ordinates
Parking
Park at Willington station car park for free parking.
Public transport
Turn left outside the station and cross the road. Follow 'The Castle Way' road past a general store and estate agent and follow this road until the first left hand turning which is Ivy Close. Follow Ivy close until you reach an underpass on the left, which goes under the railway line. Go under here and follow the footpath along the side of the railway line until you reach the footbridge. Walking time about 15 to 20 minutes. After wet weather the footpath, which is bordered by lots of plants and bushes, would be difficult to negotiate without getting wet.

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Amenities
Nothing in the immediate area but Willington has a local shop, chip shop and a couple of very good pubs.
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Photographic notes
This location offers a couple of different shots with southbound shots from either side of the bridge being favourites. The location is particularly quiet apart from typical countryside noises. The sides of the bridge are quite high and steps would be required to see over them. But the stair ends are much lower and can be leant on so there are no height issues there. Those ares are large enough to accommodate three or four photographers side by side.


General views - All photographs © Stuart Benson unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking north


Fig 1 - Looking north


Fig 2 - Looking North


Fig 2 - Looking North


Fig 3 - Looking south


Fig 3 - Looking south


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