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Written by Richard Allen - 02 Aug 2006
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Location notes
On the Ashford - Folkestone line, about seven miles east of Ashford. The CTRL runs parallel. Nearest towns: Ashford, Hythe, Folkestone.
Railway type and traffic
Passenger traffic on the 'classic' line is dominated by class 375 EMUs (2 per hour off-peak) and very little else will be seen. Eurostars pass on the adjacent CTRL. Occasional railtours.
Some freight operates to Dollands Moor.
Environment
Quiet unstaffed village station. Unlikely to be a problem after dark. Note that the station is adjacent to Folkestone Racecourse, so road congestion may be a problem on race days.
Road directions
From the M20 Junction 11:
Take the A20 towards Ashford. After about a mile, there is a junction with the A261. Do not take this road but turn right onto a minor road signposted Westenhanger; the station is at the end of this road after about a mile.

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Westenhanger map co-ordinates
Parking
There is a small car park and spaces always seem to be available.
Public transport
By train; hourly service Charing Cross - Ashford - Dover. No buses appear to serve the village.

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Amenities
No facilities at the station or the village. Nearest village with facilities is Lympne about 2 miles south, otherwise Hythe is about four miles away.
Accommodation
Being close to the Kent Coast, there should be no problem finding Bed and Breakfasts.
Sun Compass
Sun Compass using Suncalc by brought to you by Vladimir Agafonkin:
It might be necessary to adjust the time to suit your visit, this link should open with the current day.
Westenhanger

Googly map
Streetmap links
Westenhanger general view map
Westenhanger close up map

Windows Local Live Link - image quality may vary
Westenhanger



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Photographic notes
Line runs approximately east-west, so best around mid-day. The line is straight, so there is plenty of visual warning of approaching trains, even Eurostars. Best views are from the up platform and the CTRL is clearly visible. The road over bridge has high parapets so is only suitable if you have steps.

Unlikely to be suitable for video owing to noise from the parallel M20.


General views - All photographs © Richard Allen unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking west


Fig 1 - Looking west


Fig 2 - Looking east


Fig 2 - Looking east


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