SCRCA Heritage Hotspot 04: Ribblehead and Blea Moor

This page allows you to 'virtually visit' the Ribblehead and Blea Moor section of the Settle-Carlisle Railway Conservation Area (SCRCA).

This area includes some of the most impressive and interesting structures and landscapes within the conservation area but, for anyone considering a real-world visit, the 'Practical Considerations' below are essential reading.

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)

Location ID: 248620

Blea Moor Lie-by Siding (Up)

Location ID: 248750

Milepost 248¾

Location ID: 249000

Milepost 249

Location ID: 249250

Milepost 249¼

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
  • 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
  • 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 landscape near the viaduct contains a large number of archaeological features associated with the construction of the railway (see Ribblehead Railway Construction Camp). However, many of these are located in rough ground well away from the public rights of way and the best way to visit them is by joining one of the Ribblehead Heritage Tours operated by the Friends of the Settle-Carlisle Line. (For further details, see
  • 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.
  • Useful information for rail-passengers (e.g. details of station facilities, fares and train times) can be obtained from the following:

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

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