Ribblehead Viaduct

Stephen Liptrot

Blaenavon, United Kingdom

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Ribblehead Viaduct is a railway viaduct across the valley of the River Ribble at Ribblehead, in North Yorkshire, Northern England.
It is the longest and most famous viaduct on the Settle-Carlisle Railway, a railway line passing through some spectacular British scenery. Ribblehead railway station is located less than half a mile to the south of the viaduct.
Designed by the engineer John Sydney Crossley. The first stone was laid on 12 October 1870 and the last in 1874. It is 104 feet (32 m) high and spans 440 yards (402 m). It is made up of twenty-four arches. It is located at the foot of the mountain of Whernside.
The viaduct is curved, and so may be seen by passengers on the train. The train journey from Settle to Carlisle is short enough to allow the Yorkshire Dales holidaymaker to make a return day trip (steam-hauled, in the tourist season) including a few hours in the border town of Carlisle.

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Featured in the Beautiful North – UK group AUG 2010.
Featured in the England in Black & White group JUNE 2011.
Featured in the High Quality Images group FEB 2013.
Featured in the Photographer’s Craft group FEB 2013.
Featured in the Where on Earth is this? group FEB 2013.

Runner up in the Trains Challenge – Bridges & Viaducts SEP 2009.
Winner of the Architecture British Isles – On the Railway MAR 2011.

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