Ribblehead, a short walk

  • Under the slopes of Whernside
  • Explore the Ribblehead viaduct
  • Look for steam trains on the line

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.


Leave the car behind and arrive on the train at Ribblehead station.

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Ribblehead map

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL2 Yorkshire Dales South & West Buy Map
Start Point: SD 766793
Height to Climb: 125 m (410 feet)
Terrain: Excellent walking on clear paths throughout. Mainly flat.
Eating & Drinking: The Station Inn at Ribblehead was renovated in early 2018 and is good.
Similar Walks Nearby: Heart of 3 Peaks Country
Whernside from Ribblehead
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