Bridge In Haltwhistle, Northumberland
An amazing example of a Victorian designed viaduct spanning 280m over the South River Tyne.
If you are having a wander near Haltwhistle and want to mix a little walk with a marvellous piece of Victorian engineering, then let us introduce you to the Lambley Viaduct.
It was built for the Alston branch of the Newcastle and Carlisle railway which opened in 1852 and was used to transport coal and lead into Haltwhistle station. It Most likely built by the Victoria Engineer George Barclay Bruce as he had involvement in the Alston line at the time.
The best way to visit the viaduct is to park at the Lambley Viaduct South Tyne Trail Car Park which is free and then you simply cross the road and follow the track down. It's probably about 15 minute walk.
You can saunter across the bridge, but it is blocked at the far end where the Lambley railway station would have been as this now a private house. However just before the gates there are some steps which lead you down to the bottom of the viaduct and across a little metal bridge where you can admire the viaduct.
Fab views from the top too!
For the statisticians among us, the viaduct is 26m long, 33m high and with nine 17m arches.
Bit more history for you. The railway closed in 1976 and the viaduct fell into disrepair, however it was repaired by the British Rail Property Board in 1991 and then then handed into the care of the North Pennine Heritage Trust.
Spend some time exploring here and then you can follow the forest track and head up with the path back to the car park.
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From the car park, cross the road and simply follow the track all the way to the viaduct. It’s probably around a 15 minute walk.
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Best place to park is at the Lambley Viaduct South Tyne Trail Car Park which is free.
Contributed by Simon Hawkins
Thanks for checking out this place on the Fabulous North! I do enjoy a wander out in to the countryside trying to find hidden gems that not many people know about. You can't beat a rogue Pele tower up a remote hill or a mysterious stone circle or a stunning waterfall secluded in a forest.
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