SP3677 : Corner of side arch, railway viaduct over the River Sowe, Willenhall, southeast Coventry

taken 4 years ago, near to Willenhall, Coventry, Great Britain

Corner of side arch, railway viaduct over the River Sowe, Willenhall, southeast Coventry
Corner of side arch, railway viaduct over the River Sowe, Willenhall, southeast Coventry
On the right is one of the "smaller pointed arches with blind panels" referred to in the listing, seen also in SP3677 : Accessible side arch, railway viaduct over the Sowe, Willenhall, southeast Coventry. They give tremendous, even creepy, character to the side arches.
Sowe railway viaduct, Coventry
The viaduct carries the double-track Rugby-Coventry railway across the River Sowe southeast of the city centre. It was the work of Robert Stephenson, chief engineer to the London and Birmingham railway, which opened here in 1838. It is listed Grade II. Historic England's listing LinkExternal link gives the reasons and much interesting detail.

As stated in the listing, there are many repairs in blue engineering brick to the orange brickwork. The extent of repairs might give cause for concern.

The viaduct can be reached by the Sowe Valley Footpath, which is signposted. It can be joined from Allard Way, Stoke Aldermoor; from the open space adjoining Euston Crescent or Mary Slessor Road, Willenhall; or from Langbank Avenue, Binley.

There is a closely similar, equally impressive viaduct by Stephenson across the River Sherbourne to the west Link but the Sowe viaduct is easier to get to, easier to see, and the location feels safer.
Sowe Valley, Coventry
The River Sowe rises in Bedworth, flowing south towards Coventry; it winds through the city's eastern suburbs before joining the Warwickshire Avon near Stoneleigh. The Sowe Valley Footpath follows the river for over eight miles, mostly through naturalistic green spaces. LinkExternal link
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 27 April, 2016   (more nearby)
Submitted
Monday, 22 April, 2019
Geographical Context
Lowlands  Rivers, Streams, Drainage  Suburb, Urban fringe  Railways 
Place (from Tags)
Coventry 
Season (from Tags)
Spring 
River (from Tags)
Sowe 
Postcode District (from Tags)
CV3 
Near (from Tags)
Willenhall 
Bridge (from Tags)
Railway Over River 
Building Material (from Tags)
Stone and Brick 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 3653 7727 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:23.5344N 1:27.8772W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 3653 7728
View Direction
Southeast (about 135 degrees)
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Footpath  Railway Viaduct  Vermiculation  Railway Embankment  Steep Slope 

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