Ribblehead Viaduct, Ingleton

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The Ribblehead Viaduct or Batty Moss Viaduct carries the Settle–Carlisle railway across Batty Moss in the Ribble Valley at Ribblehead, in North Yorkshire, England. The viaduct, built by the Midland Railway, is 28 miles (45 km) north-west of Skipton and 26 miles (42 km) south-east of Kendal. It is a Grade II* listed structure. Ribblehead Viaduct is the longest and the third tallest structure on the Settle–Carlisle line.

The viaduct was designed by John Sydney Crossley, chief engineer of the Midland Railway, who was responsible for the design and construction of all major structures along the line. The viaduct was necessitated by the challenging terrain of the route. Construction began in late 1869. It necessitated a large workforce, up to 2,300 men, most of whom lived in shanty towns set up near its base. Over 100 men lost their lives during its construction. The Settle to Carlisle line was the last main railway in Britain to be constructed primarily with manual labour.

By the end of 1874, the last stone of the structure had been laid; on 1 May 1876, the Settle–Carlisle line was opened for passenger services. During the 1980s, British Rail proposed closing the line. In 1989, after lobbying by the public against closure, it was announced that the line would be retained. Since the 1980s, the viaduct has had multiple repairs and restorations and the lines relaid as a single track. The land underneath and around the viaduct is a scheduled ancient monument; the remains of the construction camp and navvy settlements (Batty Wife Hole, Sebastopol, and Belgravia) are located there.
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  • We walked from Ingleton circular to Ribblehead and back,the bridge was inview from miles away,what a sight ,we crossed fields,lanes,gullies,streams and hills like mountains to get here,but if you are....  more
    We walked from Ingleton circular to Ribblehead and back,the bridge was inview from miles away,what a sight ,we crossed fields,lanes,gullies,streams and hills like mountains to get here,but if you are....  more »
  • Just absolutely stunning, appears out of nowhere and takes your breath away. The sheer size is just incredible. Plenty of space to park and paths to walk along, up to and under the viaduct. The... 
    Just absolutely stunning, appears out of nowhere and takes your breath away. The sheer size is just incredible. Plenty of space to park and paths to walk along, up to and under the viaduct. The...  more »
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  • The viaduct is stunning and a popular place for photographers especially if there's a steam train scheduled to cross. Around the viaduct are some lovely walks, a decent amount on solid paths. Park near the Station Inn, lots of parking along the road, have a good walk and back to the Inn for a drink/food before heading home.
  • Beautiful scenery nice place to visit. Very peaceful and tranquil. My only complaint would be the lack of car parking.

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