One of the great architectural sights of the North Yorkshire Dales, the Ribblehead Viaduct stands proudly in the windswept and bleak moorland of Ribblesdale (even the nearby road is called Bleak Moors Road!) Built in the 1870’s, it has outlasted most of its contemporaries, and after a restoration effort in the 1990’s, hopefully it will continue to stand for several generations to come.
I grew up in Yorkshire in the 1980’s, when British Rail (as was at the time) was attempting to close the Settle to Carlisle railway which runs over the viaduct. Thankfully they failed, and one day I hope to go over this in a traditional steam train.
A few miles to the north of the viaduct is Hawes, the home of Wensleydale Cheese, and a great place to grab a great lunch before heading out to the viaduct.
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