As no-one appears to have done a photo guide to the Churnet Valley yet I thought I’d have a go. All photos are from my website http://www.steampics.com. All these locations are accessed from public areas, as the CVR does not issue lineside permits. Starting at Kingsley & Froghall station, the road bridge is a good spot for a view of the whole station – http://www.steampics.com/html/cvr248.html Shots of engines running round at Froghall can be taken from the end of the platform or the car park – http://www.steampics.com/html/cvr246.html Trains leaving Froghall can be photographed from the embankment in front of the railway cottages opposite the station entrance – http://www.steampics.com/html/cvr101.html, but this depends on whether the vegetation has been cut back or not. Between Froghall and Consall there are not many good spots as the line is obscured by trees most of the way, the best is probably the foot crossing at Consall Mill. Follow the canal towpath south from Consall station and after about half a mile there is a bridge over the canal which leads to a crossing. Both northbound – http://www.steampics.com/html/cvr204a.html and southbound trains – http://www.steampics.com/html/cvr092.html can be photographed from here. At Consall station itself, approaching northbound trains can be photographed from the end of the down platform - http://www.steampics.com/html/cvr126.html and southbound trains from the north end of either platform – http://www.steampics.com/html/cvr175.html. This brings us to the Black Lion, Consall, in my opinion one of the best photographic locations anywhere. From the front of the pub, northbound trains can be photographed from the station all the way to the crossing - http://www.steampics.com/html/cvr120.html, http://www.steampics.com/html/cvr194.html, http://www.steampics.com/html/cvr083.html. The long passing loop at Consall, which extends all the way past the pub, gives the impression of double track here.This location is best in the morning but I have had some good results in the afternoon, particularly if the sun is not too bright. Afternoon shots can also be taken from the opposite side of the line here from the canal bridge – http://www.steampics.com/html/cvr229.html, or even from the pub car park which is on the far side of the river - http://www.steampics.com/cvr019.htm. Consall is best accessed by train, especially during gala events as parking is limited and unless you know the area it is difficult to find by road. North of Consall the line runs right alongside the canal for about the first half mile, unfortunately there are large trees between the railway and canal which prevent a clear view. Further towards Cheddleton the line and canal are further apart but the fields by the line are inaccessible because of the river. The next good spot is just south of Cheddleton station, where the canal towpath gives access to a field between the river and canal - http://www.steampics.com/html/cvr242.html. This location is best in the afternoon. At Cheddleton station, the path which runs alongside the bay platform is worth a look, in the winter some dramatic backlit shots can be taken from here – http://www.steampics.com/html/cvr197.html. South facing engines can be photographed leaving the station from a spot by the loco shed - http://www.steampics.com/html/cvr147.html, or from a field which is accessible by climbing over a gate from the car park by the shed - http://www.steampics.com/html/cvr072.html. Also for south facing engines, the road crossing at Cheddleton is useful – http://www.steampics.com/html/cvr144.html. North of Cheddleton there is a field accessible through a stile off Station Road, where photos of trains approaching the tunnel can be taken – http://www.steampics.com/html/cvr102.html. Finally, the end of the line at Leekbrook. There is no station here, but access by road is possible from the A520 Leek road, travelling towards Leek there is a track on the left just past the railway bridge which doubles back on the road and leads to a gated crossing from where various shots are possible – http://www.steampics.com/html/cvr117.html, http://www.steampics.com/html/cvr067.html, and http://www.steampics.com/html/cvr079.html. From the road bridge itself, it is possible to photograph trains leaving the tunnel,- http://www.steampics.com/html/cvr234.html, and from the other side, leaving the loop to run back to Cheddleton – http://www.steampics.com/cvr010.htm. Well that’s it, I hope this will be useful to my fellow photographers, and if anyone knows of locations I’ve missed, please feel free to add them. Tim.