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Walks from Season One - Ribblehead

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

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A walk around the Ribblehead Viaduct on the Settle-Carlisle Railway - Walks Around Britain Shorts
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.

AA Guide to Yorkshire

The new third edition of the AA Guide to Yorkshire gives you everything you need to know to get the most out of your visit to this wonderful county - and written by our own Andrew White.
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