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Written by Jason Rodhouse - 28 Sep 2006
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Location notes
Watford Gap is better known for it`s busy service station on the M1 motorway. However, motorway noise aside, the general area is in quiet rural countryside.
Railway type and traffic
The Location sees regular Virgin services running alongside the busy motorway.
Apart from the odd exception, all freight is diverted along the Northampton loop, and does not pass through this location.
Two locations here, on the over bridge itself, and at the end of a field. The bridge is an old bridleway which sees little use these days.
Road directions
From M1 Junction 18:
Head towards Kilsby. When you reach Kilsby you come to a roundabout, here you need to take A5 turning to Milton Keynes. After a short time, you will see a left hand turn to Watford. Ignore this, and continue down the A5. After crossing the canal, you need the second entrance on the left, signposted 'Ryehill Lodge'. This is a public bridleway. Follow the track to the gate by the bridge (remembering to shut any previous gates which you may have opened!)

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Watford Gap map co-ordinates
You can park just before the bridge, or if a vehicle is already parked, go back and park on the other side of the next gate.
Public transport
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Nearest amenities are at Watford Gap service station. Easy to get to as the crow flies, but only access is via the M1. You can find a Thai restaurant in Watford village itself. The 'New Inn' which is not much further south on the A5 is highly recommended for its good food, and for having Northamptonshire ales on tap!
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Photographic notes
The 'Classic' Watford Gap shots can be taken from both sides of the bridge. Good afternoon Northbound shots can also be taken from the field. Simply walk a few yards down the edge of the field until you get a good visualisation. Steps are recommended for this shot due to vegetation.

General views - All photographs © Jason Rodhouse unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking south

Fig 1 - Looking south

Fig 2 - Looking north

Fig 2 - Looking north

Fig 3 - Looking south

Fig 3 - Looking south

Fig 4 - Looking south

Fig 4 - Looking south

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