The Ribblehead Viaduct

On Halloween, we decided to go back up our lovely scenic train-line out of Settle to the second stop to the North:  Ribblehead.  There isn’t much there, but the Ribblehead station is just South of where the line crosses the huge Ribblehead Viaduct.


This is a massive structure measuring 104 feet high and 440 yards long, with 24 arches in its span, built between 1870 and 1874.  It is the longest viaduct among many on the Settle-Carlisle line.

There are some remarkable photos of it here, including some great photos of steam trains crossing the span.  (Steam trains do still occasionally run on the Settle-Carlisle line.)

The day we visited was dark and moody, with drizzle in the air, and increasing breezes throughout the day.  It was a perfect Halloween outing.  At one point I turned to Brad and said that it felt as though we were on set of American Werewolf in London…walking down a path through the moors…..staying firmly on the path, of course!

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This dog got very friendly on the train…

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Ribblehead Station

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The super stroller did great on the muddy, gravelly paths.

The pub.  There was a pub/hostel, a car park, and not much else.
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The rain got a bit more aggressive by the time we were ready to catch our train, so we waited in the nice dry waiting room at Ribblehead Station, where we enjoyed a hot chocolate from the pub.
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