The Ribblehead viaduct is one of the most impressive engineering projects in England. It is also sat in wonderful scenery and this short Ribblehead walk will do it full justice. The extension to Blea Moor tunnel only adds to it.
Most people who park up at Ribblehead do so for 2 reasons. They will either take a short trip to the viaduct, take a photo or two and return to the car. Alternatively they will climb Whernside, the highest mountain in Yorkshire. Best though is a short walk to explore some of the most interesting sights of the area and discover a little more about the history of the famous viaduct.
Although the viaduct dominates the walk it is interesting to follow the railway tracks past Blea Moor station to Blea Moor Tunnel. The tunnel is 1 1/2 miles in length and was built in 1875 as part of the famous Settle to Carlisle railway, it took 4 years to complete with the aid of 7 mine shafts from the moors above. The whole feat of engineering is extraordinary.
The return should be varied by passing under the railway and past the farms on its west side, for no other reason but to give a different view of the viaduct.
Rather than bring the car all the way to Ribblehead arrive by train. Enjoy the journey, enjoy the walk and then enjoy a pint at the Station Inn.
Just look for the tunnel to the south of Blea Moor sidings to vary the return. Turn immediately left and pick your way on a faint path to the track under the viaduct.
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