SK7928 : Public footpath near Eaton

taken 10 years ago, near to Eaton, Leicestershire, Great Britain

Public footpath near Eaton
Public footpath near Eaton
Once you have circumnavigated the old railway embankment and rejoined the official route of the footpath you can look back and see the steep slope you are meant to negotiate if you follow the map. This footpath is very poorly marked and it is not at all clear how you should cross the embankment. We walked south for a while until we came across a gate which allowed access to the ploughed field in SK7928 : The Devon valley. There was plenty of evidence of other walkers' progress along the edge of this field at the foot of the embankment and there was an easily climbed section of fence in the barbed wire, (see just right of centre), obviously put there for that purpose, giving access to this rough grass area in the valley bottom. There is a similar section of fence on what I presume is the official route at the end of this path, (centre of photograph).

The embankment is a remnant of Eaton's industrial past; the village was once the centre of a busy ironstone mining area. This is part of a viaduct presumably carrying the railway across the Devon Valley. There is no easily seen evidence of any archways and the banks are very overgrown so difficult to investigate. See also SK7929 : Old railway sidings at Eaton and SK8029 : Old Industrial Track, near Eaton
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Date Taken
Saturday, 5 January, 2008   (more nearby)
Submitted
Tuesday, 8 January, 2008
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Footpath   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 791 283 [100m precision]
WGS84: 52:50.8272N 0:49.5899W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SK 790 283
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EAST (about 90 degrees)
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