At the start of January I was planning to visit Ilkeston and call in at the nearby viaduct on my way home but when I opened the curtains that morning the sun was out. Not wanting to miss the light I changed my plans and headed straight to Bennerley. It was the right call as after an hour of shooting the rain started coming down and didn’t stop for the next two hours.
The Victorian viaduct is less than 10 miles from home but I had never seen it and without the hard work of the volunteers who have restored the structure, I might never of even heard of it.
The structure is magnificent both at a distance and the close up details with the iron girders having a wonderful texture.
The only problem with the sight is the lack of signposting and poor quality paths around the site. This is something Derbyshire County Council should be addressing as there very little to draw in tourists to the south part of the county.