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Written by Bevan Price - 07 Jul 2007
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Location notes
A viaduct over the Goyt Valley, viewed from the adjacent canal tow path and aqueduct.

Caution - stay away from the edge of the canal aqueduct in windy conditions - it is a long drop to the valley floor.
Railway type and traffic
The line is served by local trains from Manchester Piccadilly to Marple or Rose Hill, some trains continuing to New Mills Central or Sheffield, and usually worked by Class 142 or 150, with an occasional Class 156. A few freight trains run, mainly consisting of stone trains from the Peak Forest area. Occasionally, express services between Manchester and Sheffield may be diverted this way, when the normal route via Stockport is blocked by engineering work.
The location is semi-rural, but with a small factory and some houses nearby.
Road directions
A minor private (and narrow) road runs from the A626, on the west side of the Peak Forest Canal, leading to the small factory on the west side of the canal aqueduct, and also to a few houses on the east side of the canal.

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Marple Wharf Viaduct map co-ordinates
There may be space to park on the minor road leading to the factory, but it is not known how the road owners react to any unauthorised parking. If problems are encountered, it might be preferable to find a parking space in Marple town centre. The car park at Marple station is for rail users only.
Public transport
Walk from Marple station. Outside the station, turn right onto the A626 Station Road. After a steep climb for about 200 yards, turn right and walk north along the tow path of the Peak Forest Canal. Pass underneath the railway at Marple Wharf Junction and continue onto the canal aqueduct. Walking time approximately 18 to 20 minutes.

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None. There are some shops in Marple town centre however.
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Marple Wharf Viaduct

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Marple Wharf Viaduct

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Photographic notes
From the canal tow path, you are looking upwards towards the railway viaduct. Although very scenic, the presence of trees obstructs views of trains longer than about 3 to 4 vehicles. The position of the sun favours photography in the afternoon.

General views - All photographs © Bevan Price unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking south

Fig 1 - Looking south

From the canal tow path.

Fig 2 - Looking north

Fig 2 - Looking north

From the tow path on the canal aqueduct.

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