Ribblehead Viaduct

Bridge Settle North Yorkshire

Ribblehead Viaduct

Bridge In Settle, North Yorkshire

A 19th century viaduct that spans the valley of Batty Moss in the Yorkshire Dales.

Ribblehead Viaduct is a stunning piece of engineering that spans the valley of Batty Moss in the Yorkshire Dales, England. It is a Grade II listed structure and is one of the most iconic landmarks in the area. The viaduct was built in the mid-19th century to carry the Settle-Carlisle Railway across the moors, and it has been an important part of the railway network ever since.

Designed by John Sydney Crossley the construction of the Ribblehead Viaduct began in 1869 and took four years to complete. The viaduct is 400 meters long, 32 meters high and has 24 arches, each spanning 14 meters. It is made of 1.5 million bricks and over 100,000 cubic meters of stone. It was eventually opened in 1876 for passenger services.

The construction of viaduct was a massive undertaking, and the workers who built it faced many challenges. They had to work in difficult conditions, including freezing temperatures and heavy rain, and they also had to contend with the rugged terrain of the Yorkshire Dales. Over 100 lives were lost during its construction. Despite these challenges, the workers managed to complete the viaduct on time and within budget.

Today, Ribblehead Viaduct is a popular tourist attraction and a favourite spot for photographers. Visitors come from all over the world to see this magnificent structure and to marvel at the stunning views of the surrounding countryside. The viaduct is also an important part of the Settle-Carlisle Railway, which is a major transport link between the north of England and Scotland.

In recent years, the Ribblehead Viaduct has undergone a major restoration project to ensure that it remains in good condition for future generations. This has included repairs to the stonework and the installation of new drainage systems to prevent water damage.

The viaduct is a remarkable feat of engineering that has stood the test of time. It is a testament to the ingenuity and skill of the Victorian engineers who built it, and it continues to be an important part of the landscape of the Yorkshire Dales.

Thanks to our fabulous friend Martin Scully for all the amazing photos.

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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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