The site of Speech House Road Station, Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire
Date : 23rd October, 2011
Photograph Reference P55291
Camera : Sony A550
ISO : 400 Exposure Time : 1/160sec
Aperture : F8
Focal Length : 16mm
Modifications : RAW Modified
This was taken on circular walk through the forest using the former Severn and Wye Railway trackbeds now converted into cyclepaths. The walk started and ended at Cannop Ponds and this location is just north of there.
Could a railway return here? The Dean Forest Railway has said it wants to, but it would be extremely difficult and expensive for the them to extend this far north, especially with the majority of the trackbed now converted to a cyclepath. This won't happen overnight, and I honestly don't see any real chance of a railway returning north of here, certainly not without a major rethink of transport in the forest. For the moment we have to settle for foot or cycle.