Croft Quarry, Leicestershire

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Croft Quarry, Leicestershire

Post by Steve Blick on Sun Sep 24, 2017 7:58 pm


Bardon Aggregates
Marions Way
Off Coventry Road


Winston Avenue

Situated adjacent to the Nuneaton to Leicester mainline, the works produces over 300,000 tonnes of granite every year. With Freightliner providing the haulage, the majority of the loads are removed by rail.

By Car - From junction 21 on the M1, take the A5460, signposted for Leicester. Upon exiting the motorway roundabout and once on the dual carriageway, get in the right hand. At the next island, take the 4th exit onto the B4114. At the next roundabout, continue straight over, still following the B4114 Narborough Road South. Upon reaching another island, take the 2nd exit and follow along until you go underneath the M1. Shortly after, you'll hit yet another island. Again, take the 2nd exit and continue for approx 1.5 miles. After passing a petrol station on your left, the entrance to the quarry is about 200 yards from here on your right. Once on the approach road, do not proceed any further than the railway bridge. One or both of the shunters may be seen from here.

Alternatively, if you wish to view from a public place, rather than a private one, return to the main road and turn right. Turn first right into Arbour Road and then 2nd right into Winston Avenue. Continue along and upon reaching the 3rd industrial building on your left, park up and take the public footpath, situated between two buildings. Just before heading under the mainline, take the path to your right and proceed along. The entrance to the works can be seen, shortly after passing the signal box.

By Rail - Narborough is the closest station to Croft, this involving quite a decent walk. However, a bus takes you fairly close to the works. By alighting here, turn right from the entrance and right again at the mini roundabout. By catching a Arriva Midlands number 50A bus from here, ask for Pochin Street. Upon getting of the bus, cross the road and turn right into Winston Avenue. Then proceed as mentioned in the last few lines of the driving directions. Walking time - 5 mins.

For bus times and details, follow the link below...

Notes - The shunters here are pretty difficult to view, more so if visiting on a weekend. During the week, and although you may have a long wait, one or both may be seen from the public footpath, staging the wagons.

During weekends and bank holidays, rail operations cease and the shunters are tucked away, both stabled inside the works.

Parking on Winston Avenue is usually not a problem. However, there is a decent sized car park at the end of the road, this being completely free of charge.

If wishing to use the main entrance to the works, do not go any further than the railway bridge. Although the private road will give you a view of parts of the complex, you may not even see one or both of the shunters from here. There are plenty of CCTV cameras about, so you could also get turned away by security if using this option. Given the amount of HGV's visiting the quarry, do not use this spot if viewing on a weekday.

Vantage Points - There are no other vantage points apart from the public footpath and the railway bridge. And like mentioned above, these is only best viewed during the week.

As you are level with the mainline and the area is quite open, excellent photo opportunties can be had from the footpath.

Photos -

Maps - Road.
Birds eye.
Ordnance survey.

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