Great Northern Trail

The trail covered by this story covers the railway route between the former Queensbury Station, and the former Thornton Station. It is one and a half miles long. Features of the trail are the impressive twenty arched Thornton Viaduct 300 yds long and 120 feet above the valley floor and the Birks Embankment,104 feet high and 900 feet long. 250.000 yards of tipping material was used to create the embankment which was built to span the Birks valley. The passenger line opened in 1878 and closed in 1955 It is illustrated by a series of pictures showing points of interest and pleasant views of the surrounding countryside. Access is gained from the rear of Thornton Primary School opposite the Great Northern Hotel or from the bottom of Station Rd, Queensbury SEE OUR RAILWAYS FEATURE FOR MORE INFORMATION

 

The Viaduct

trail viaduct
 

Whiteheads Clayworks and Observatory

Trail Whiteheads

 
 

 

Top of Viaduct

Trail viaduct top

 
 

Time for a rest

 
Trail Rest

This way

Trail This way
 

Mavis Farm

trail Mavis
 

Bradford Dale

 

Cockin Lane Junction

Trail Cockin junction
 

Birks Embankment

 

Birks Wood

 

Embankment Bridge

trail embankment bridge
 

Thornton From Viaduct

trail thornto from via
 

Alderscholes Lane

 

Bridge

trail bridge
 

Footbridge

trail foot bridge