SideTracked Bingley Railway Station Traditional Geocache
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About the Cache
You are looking for a magnetic nano container. It's a quick cache and dash and contains just a log. Muggles may well be coming at you from all directions so take care when retrieving and replacing the log and try to tuck it as far out of sight as possible.
We have Motorway Mayhem. We have A-Road Anarchy (cos there aren’t many Motorways in Wales!). But what about public transport users? SideTracked Caches are intended to provide quick Cache-and-dashes at Train Stations.
It is hoped this idea will spread across the country in the same way as the MMs….but if hiding one PLEASE BE SENSIBLE and remember that in this day and age, public transport is under greater scrutiny than ever before, so, although these caches should be quick and easy grabs, PLEASE don’t place a Cache where it could cause alarm!!!
About Bingley Railway Station
The Leeds and Bradford Extension Railway from Shipley to Keighley was opened on 16 March 1847. Bingley station opened on the first day, and was the only stop on the line between Shipley and Keithley until Saltaire Station was built in 1856.
The original station was built out of wood and was located near the Three Rise Locks. The current stone building was opened on 24 July 1892.
Bingley is an ancient market town. It was established by the Saxons on a ford on the River Aire. Following the Norman conquest, it is mentioned in the Domesday Book. In medieval times Bingley was the most significant town in the area having a population larger than Leeds, Bradford or Halifax. Like so many towns it prospered as a result of industrialisation and then declined as the industry moved overseas. Following the construction of the relief road and the redevelopment of the mills and canal area, it became one of the more desirable residential areas for those who commute to Leeds and Bradford.
The cache is accessible from the pavement and I believe that it should be reachable for someone in a wheelchair. Please do let me know if you encounter any difficulties.
Access from the canal
If you are walking or cycling along the canal, then the paths to Bingley town centre are very clearly signposted. If you take the exit that crosses over Britannia Bridge then you can pick up one of my other caches there!
Travel by car
There is plenty of parking in Bingley. The pay & display parking next to the station is generally pretty busy during office hours whereas you will almost certainly be able to get a space in the pay & display parking behind the super market. There is also limited free on-road parking along the main street. I have provided waypoints for these but there are plenty of other parking options in the area.
This is a fully functional station so the cache can be accessed by rail travellers and is only a very short walk from the exits for both platforms. There are also several buses that stop nearby on the main street in Bingley.
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