Friday, 23 March 2012
City meets country in a village
Thornton is part of the City of Bradford Metropolitan area but is situated right on the edge, where countryside meets suburbia. Consequently it only takes minutes to access green space with a more rural feel, where old cottages are clustered into tiny hamlets and you can glimpse views of the city beyond the fields. Thornton Viaduct is a notable feature, its 20 arches snaking across the Pinch Beck valley. Once part of the Great Northern Railway network, it has been disused for 40 years or so. It is now a listed structure and there are apparently plans to open it to walkers and cyclists as part of the Great Northern Railway Trail. (The little pointy bit apparently on the viaduct is actually the tip of Thornton St James' church spire!)
This is the Thornton Challenge, Day Five - in which Alan Burnett and I agreed to explore the same village at different times and from our own perspective and then share what we each 'saw'. For Alan's eye view, please go to his blog NEWS FROM NOWHERE.