Swainsley Tunnel

Swainsley Tunnel

Swainsley Tunnel

Date

9 February 2013
Location

Manifold Valley, White Peak, Staffordshire

SK 09088 57716; 53.11654°N, 1.86568°W

Information

The 150m-long railway tunnel at Swainsley was built on the insistence of Sir Thomas Wardle, who, although a shareholder in the Leek and Manifold Valley Light Railway, which opened in 1904, did not want sight of the line spoiling the view from his weekend residence, Swainsley Hall.

The minor road from Ecton to Wetton now passes through the tunnel, and this stretch of road is part of the Manifold Way footpath and cycle route.

Single-track road now passes through the tunnel.  A pedestrian refuge can be seen on the right.

Single-track road now passes through the tunnel. A pedestrian refuge can be seen on the right.

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