Freshford

As Hedgie and I continued to fill in the gaps along the Wessex MainLine, we left the hustle of Bath behind us and headed into the country. Freshford was our next stop, and we were not ready for what we saw. The station itself was a little plain, except for the massive station sign with a bench under it. This sign was in the original GWR style and looked fantastic. So that was where one photo was going to be taken. There were workmen obscuring another retro-style sign at the far end of the platform, so we settled for the large classic design, and a quick pic with the modern sign. Photos gathered, we went and explored.

At this point, my phone died. Spectacularly. Full on crash, with memory card corruption. So Hedgie had to take over photographic duties until we could stop at a pub with a spare socket. We walked out of the car park and up a hill before everything changed. Instead of a sleepy Somerset village, we have been transported to the Costa Del Sol. White buildings resembling Spanish beachside villas festooned the streets and seemed as far removed from the locations we had been to previously that day. As we emerged from estate and found a large main road, we continued having a jolly good explore. We soon came to the village green, whereupon I mentioned that Freshford either has a tiny stub of a Wiki article, or a filthy great big one. Turns out it’s the latter, and it also transpired that Freshford was the filming location for Titchfield Village in the film The Titchfield Thunderbolt. We relaxed in the sun for a while before walking back. While we waited for our train, we took a short walk down one of the public footpaths next to the station, checking out all the photographic opportunities. This place would be great for filming steam trains when they go through. Our train eventually arrived, so we moved on to the next stop.