SCRCA Heritage Hotspot 04: Ribblehead and Blea Moor

This page allows you to 'virtually visit' Ribblehead Station, Ribblehead Viaduct and nearby Blea Moor. These are the most impressive and interesting sections of the Settle-Carlisle Railway Conservation Area (SCRCA), but see the 'Practical Considerations' section near the foot of this page. The responsive grid below shows all of the assessed standing structures at the station, plus some of the adjacent structures further north as far as the summit of Blea Moor.   Show / hide tips

  • As this page is intended to encourage and inform a 'real world' visit, structures are only displayed if they are visible from a publicly accessible location and if a default image is available.
  • To view the images in a slideshow overlay, click / tap on an image.
    (NB: The slideshow will NOT run if you attempt to open it in a new window.)
  • To view additional information and / or images relating to a location, click / tap on the location's name / brief description.
  • To view details of ALL the structures and sites in the area, regardless of their status etc., use the Gazetteer.

Location ID: 247000

Milepost 247

Location ID: 247160

Ribblehead Station Cattle Dock

Location ID: 247250

Milepost 247¼

Location ID: 247260

Ribblehead Quarry Siding

Location ID: 248000

Milepost 248

Location ID: 248450

Blea Moor Sidings (Down side)

Location ID: 248750

Milepost 248¾

Location ID: 248900

Littledale Limestone Quarry

Location ID: 249000

Milepost 249

Location ID: 249250

Milepost 249¼

Location ID: 249290

Force Gill Limestone Quarry

Location ID: 249295

Force Gill Shale Quarry

Location ID: 249800

Blea Moor Tunnel Air Shaft 1

Location ID: 249950

Blea Moor Tunnel Air Shaft 2

Location ID: 250470

Blea Moor Tunnel Air Shaft 3

Practical Considerations

If you are considering a 'real world' visit to this area, please note the following:

  • The structures between milepost 247 and the Station Master's House are all clearly visible from the station platforms or adjacent car-park.
  • The former Station Master's House is now a holiday let. For further information, see http://www.sandctrust.org.uk/stayatastation/.
  • The former main station building now houses a museum dedicated to the Settle-Carlisle Railway and its construction during the late nineteenth century. The museum is operated by the Settle & Carlisle Railway Trust. For further information, see http://www.sandctrust.org.uk/ribblehead.htm.
  • The famous Ribblehead Viaduct is approximately half a mile from the station, but it can be seen in the distance from the station platforms and the station car-park.
  • It is possible to walk to the viaduct by walking down the station drive, turning right along the B6255, turning left shortly after the cattle grid, then walking along the rough track (a public bridleway) to the foot of the viaduct. Please note that this area is very exposed and that the weather can change dramatically in just a few minutes, often with little or no warning.
  • The structures beyond (to the north of) the viaduct can be seen from the public bridleway that follows the route of the railway. If you decide to explore beyond the viaduct, stout footwear, warm clothing and a windproof / waterproof jacket are ESSENTIAL (even on what seems to be a hot / sunny day). You are also strongly advised to carry (and know how to use) a suitable map & compass and to carry some food and drink. Please note that reaching the structures beyond the aqueduct will involve a strenuous climb up to the summit of Blea Moor, which should only be attempted by fit, healthy, experienced and properly equipped hill walkers.
  • Do NOT rely on mobile phone coverage: the area is not covered by all networks and, in some areas, signal reception can range from poor to none existent.
  • For information about the passenger-related facilities available at this station (toilets, booking facilities, etc.), see:
    http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/stations/RHD/details.html
    This page includes links to timetables and other useful information about the train service.

Bearing in mind all of the above, the area is well worth a visit (although preferably in good weather).

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