A footpath runs alongside the southern edge of the embankment which carried the line between Culvert 21 and Bridge 20 (Thistleton Lane, South Witham) on the edge of South Witham.  On the northern side of the embankment at this point there is now housing but the southern edge remains open to fields. 

Above Culvert 21, which allows a tributary of the infant River Witham to flow under the embankment, a footpath crossed the railway.  The footpath on the southern edge of the embankment takes a steep but steady climb to the top of the embankment where it crossed the line.  On the northern side the footpath follows a similarly steep descent, crosses a field and enters the rear of the car park of The Blue Cow which sits on the High Street.  The footpath is still very much in use today being a popular short walking loop of around 0.6 miles.

The footpath across the railway line on the embankment behind The Blue Cow in South Witham.
The footpath across the railway line on the embankment behind The Blue Cow in South Witham.

The railway fence is still very much in evidence on the southern edge of the footpath.  A traditional metal, post and rail, no longer upright for much of its length but still there.

 

Images captured Wednesday 29 April 2020 …

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