Ribblehead Viaduct, Yorkshire Dales

Marvel at this wonder of Victorian engineering from the time when the train, and not the car, was king

Published 21 May 2018, 16:43 BST, Updated 30 Dec 2021, 17:52 GMT
The Ribble Viaduct combines the spectacular scenery with the remarkable achievement of engineering that made the ...
The Ribble Viaduct combines the spectacular scenery with the remarkable achievement of engineering that made the Viaduct possible.
Photograph by Tim Hill/ Pixabay

Two worlds collide at the site of the Ribblehead Viaduct. One, the spectacular natural beauty of the Yorkshire Dales; the other, the nothing-will-stop-us might of Victorian engineering. More than 1000 workmen, or ‘navvies’, were employed in the viaduct’s construction, living in primitive huts in the damp moorland they were working to lift the trains above.

There’s no trace left of those dwellings left, but the viaduct – still in use today - looks as spectacular as it must have done when the first goods train rolled across it in August 1875, and the journey through the winding Dales roads to see it is almost as breathtaking.

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