I'm helping with a website that's covering all the stations in Wiltshire - a profile for the community that each serves. Quite happy with my coverage of Swindon to Sailsbury inclusive, but I would really appreciate help inputs on Dean
, neither of which I know particularly well, nor do I have good contacts there to ask.
Avoncliff is a village which nestles in the valley of the river Avon between Bradford-on-Avon and Bath, where the railway, the Kennet and Avon Canal and the river share the valley. The Avoncliff Aquaduct, a masterpiece of engineering, designed by John Rennie, carries the canal over the railway and high across the river to span the valley, and Avoncliff station is reached by steps from the footpath that shares the aquaduct. A narrow no through road gives acces to the station, and across the valley a steep hill drops another no through road down to the village itself.
Avoncliff is a very popular spot for walker, and for boats. A pub and a cafe are open all year (hours may be limited in winter) and provide a great variety of food and drink.
Bradford-on-Avon is an ancient town, with evidence of habitation dating back to Roman times, and a bridge over the river Avon dating back to Norman times. It was the site of a skirmish in the Civil War in 1643. Much of its history is well preserved, and these days Bradford-on-Avon is a town with a population of some 10,000 that's well worth visiting - there are quaint shops, historic buildings including the tithe barn, the Kennet and Avon Canal and more.
Bradford on Avon Station is a few hundred yards from the toen centre, on the opposite side of the river, and is an excellent place to park your car if you're wanting to take the train into Bath ... or why not do the reverse - come to Bradford-on-Avon by train and walk along the Canal to Avoncliff station to the West or Trowbridge station to the East?