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Haddons Footbridge is located in a country park 2 1/2 miles south of Peterborough City Centre on the East Coast Main Line.
Railway type and traffic
Located on the East Coast Main Line, the location you can see NXEC, First Capital Connect, Hull Trains and occasional freight trains.
Pleasant environment with no problems from any of the locals (In fact your more likely to be asked if there is a steam train coming!). The location is exposed and in a country park and there is no lighting. The local village of Farcet is very pleasant.
I would recommend that suitable footwear is used on the footpath in the country park, can be slightly muddy after rainfall, but generally the underfoot conditions are ok.
From the A1 turn off at Normans Cross and take the B1091, travel through Yaxley and head towards Peterborough. After passing over the Road over Rail Bridge heading towards Peterborough keep travelling for another 3/4 mile. You will reach Farcet (speed bumps in the road
) the on the First Right before you reach the Church is Haddons Way. Turn into Haddons Way and travel towards the bottom on the road where you will find a parking area close to a Mobile Phone Mast / Football field. The entrance to Crown Lakes Country Park is opposite. Walk down the footpath toward the end where the bridge can be found.Click here to set up your location for directions to this location Yaxley, Haddons Bridge map co-ordinates
There is a parking area adjacent to Crown Lakes Country Park.
There is a 20 minute bus service from Queensgate to Farcet (Citi Route 3) Operated by Stagecoach in Peterborough, the service must
be a Yaxley service. The Whittlesey - bus does not
go to Farcet. Board the bus a Queensgate after a 15 minutes bus ride you should enter Farcet, you need to disembark the bus stop opposite the Church in Farcet. Cross over the road, this can be busy, but you can easily safely cross the road. On the other side is a road called Haddons Way -this is also sign posted with a 'Country Park Sign' which is on your right. Walk down Haddons Way and opposite a Mobile Phone Mast / Football field toward the bottom of the road is the entrance to Crown Lakes Country Park on your left. Just follow the path all the way to the end which brings you to the bridge. The route to Haddons Bridge is also on the Green Wheel Route.Click here to set up your location for directions to this location
No toilets in the area.There is a small shop in Main Street, Farcet, which sells snacks.
None to the best of my knowledge locally, buy plenty of Bed and Breakfasts in Peterborough.
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Good photographic opportunity in early/mid morning and mid to late afternoon. Morning the best shots for trains heading towards London, in the afternoon trains heading towards Peterborough. Due to vegetation photographs from the Down Side of Trains heading towards London is not possible.
General views - All photographs © Stephen Bersey unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking north
From the eastern side of the bridge.
Fig 2 - Looking south
From the eastern side of the bridge.
Fig 3 - Looking south
From the western side of the bridge.
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