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A 5 mile walk around the spectacular Ribblehead Viaduct, on the famous Settle-Carlisle Railway in the Yorkshire Dales.

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Walks Around Britain Shorts - A walk around the Ribblehead Viaduct on the Settle-Carlisle Railway
Walk Info
5 miles (8km)
Minimum time
2½ hours
328ft (100m)
Level of difficulty
Moorland - farm tracks & footpaths, 1 stile
Grid SD 76500 79200
Can be off lead by viaduct,
but on leads in farmland
Off B6255 and B6479
Public Transport
Rail - Ribblehead Station
from Leeds / Carlisle
None on route -
nearest The Station Inn
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Route Directions

  • From the parking place or from Ribblehead Railway Station cross over the B6255, and head towards the Ribblehead Viaduct using one of the two tracks.

  • At the sign, follow the route towards Whernside.

  • Climb up with the railway on your left hand side, and go through the gate.

  • When the Blea Moor signal box is in sight, turn left to go underneath the railway, following the Public Brideway sign.

  • Go through the gate at the end of the archway under the railway and bear left along the track towards the farm buildings.

  • Go through the gate and follow the track past more farm buildings on your left.

  • When you are at the next farm buildings, turn left and follow the Public Footpath over 2 styles through the fields towards the Viaduct.

  • If you have a difficulty with stiles, follow the Brideway until the end and then turn left towards the Viaduct.

  • At the end of the path through the fields, turn left and join the brideway through Gunnerfleet Farm.

  • Head towards and then underneath the Ribblehead Viaduct, and then make your way back towards your starting point.

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Relevant Links

National Rail - Ribblehead Station

Station information for Ribblehead Railway Station from National Rail Enquiries

The Settle-Carlisle Partnership

The website from the Partnership designed to promote the railway.

The Settle and Carlisle Railway Trust
The Trust's page on the work they've done at Ribblehead Station.

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