Ribblehead Viaduct Walk

The Route

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Start Point: Ribblehead Viaduct Car Park, Blea Moor Rd, Carnforth LA6 3AS

Finish Point: Same as start point (circular walk)

Distance: Approximately 5 miles (8 kilometres)

Walk Description

Starting Point: Ribblehead Viaduct Car Park, Blea Moor Rd, Carnforth LA6 3AS

Key Highlights:

  • Ribblehead Viaduct: A stunning Grade II listed structure with 24 arches, built in the 19th century for the Settle-Carlisle Railway. It stands as an iconic example of Victorian engineering.
  • Whernside: The highest peak in Yorkshire, offering panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.
  • Winterscales Beck: A scenic waterway passed along the route.
  • Force Gill Waterfall: A picturesque waterfall seen during the ascent to Whernside.

End Point: Ribblehead Viaduct Car Park, Blea Moor Rd, Carnforth LA6 3AS

Practical Information

Distance: Approximately 5 miles (8 kilometres)

Difficulty: Moderate – the walk involves some steep sections and uneven paths.

Terrain: Mixed terrain including gravel paths, rocky tracks, and grassy slopes. The path can be muddy and slippery, especially after rain.


  • By Car: Ample roadside parking is available along Blea Moor Road, with additional parking at the Ribblehead Viaduct Car Park.
  • Public Transport: Ribblehead Station is nearby, with trains from Leeds and Carlisle. The station also has a small visitor center and a shop.

Tips for Walkers

Footwear: Sturdy walking boots with good grip are recommended due to uneven and sometimes slippery surfaces.

Supplies: Bring water and snacks. The Station Inn near the viaduct offers refreshments and meals post-walk.

Navigation: The route is well-signposted, but carrying a detailed map (OS Explorer OL2) or a GPS device is recommended for safety and navigation.

The Ribblehead Viaduct walk offers a captivating blend of industrial heritage and natural beauty.

Starting from the car park, this 5-mile circular route takes you past the impressive viaduct and along the lower slopes of Whernside, Yorkshire’s highest mountain.

The moderate walk is perfect for those looking to explore the picturesque Yorkshire Dales, with highlights including the historic viaduct, the scenic beck, and stunning views from the slopes of Whernside!

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