The Ribble Viaduct Historic Walk by PhotogeniquE IPA

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The Ribble Viaduct is 104 feet (32 m) high, 440 yards (402 m) long and has 24 arches. It is located at the foot of the mountain of Whernside in Cumbria. Designed by the engineer John Sydney Crossley, work started on 12 October 1870 and was completed in 1874.

During the building, which involved over 2000 Navvies as well as Women and Children, so many deaths occured from a combination of accidents, fights, and smallpox outbreaks, that the churchyard at nearby Chapel-le-Dale had to be extended (paid for by the railway) to accomodate the burials. There is a memorial in that churchyard dedicated to all those who died.

On Sunday 22nd July 2007, Network Rail allowed enthusiasts to walk across the viaduct as it had been closed for ongoing maintenance, as was due to re-open the following day. This had never been allowed before, nor is it likely to happen again. A truely historic occassion which we were pleased to be able to take part in.

© photogenique (dave peddie): using this image for any purpose and in any way, without prior permission, may lead to legal action.


  • loramae
    loramaealmost 7 years ago

    This would be added to my wishlist of places to see…thanks for sharing the history for this wonderful shoot., makes it the more inviting! :O)

  • pat oubridge
    pat oubridgealmost 7 years ago

    Amazing pictures Dave

  • Sharon A. Henson
    Sharon A. Hensonalmost 7 years ago

    You did a beautiful job on this Dave !

  • Susie Mac
    Susie Macalmost 7 years ago

    Wonderful compositions… great photos and history … susie :)

  • pijinlane
    pijinlanealmost 7 years ago

    The English Tourist Board should use this compilation of images … everyone would visit!!

  • Andreas Mueller
    Andreas Muelleralmost 7 years ago

    I have never done a collage, your work sure is inspiring …..

  • mariarty
    mariartyalmost 7 years ago

    This is a must see dave. Great history with great photos.

  • dinghysailor1
    dinghysailor1almost 7 years ago

    fantastic set of images coming together nicely as a card and the info is a great bonus! thanks for this dave!

  • Sean Farragher
    Sean Farragheralmost 7 years ago

    fantastic,,,,,,,well done

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