SCRCA structure 247779: Ribblehead Viaduct Memorial Cairn

SCRCA Location Introduction

This stone-built 'memorial cairn' was constructed in 1992 to commemorate the building of - and repairs to - Ribblehead Viaduct. It serves as a combined seat, viewpoint, information point, memorial and warning notice. Unfortunately, the original plaques were stolen (undoubtedly for their 'scrap value') and the stainless versions shown in the photographs were installed in 2005.

The main plaque on the cairn top reads:

Refurbished and re-dedicated by Network Rail and the Friends of the Settle Carlisle Line in 2005.
This viaduct, built between 1870 and 1875,was fully restored in three stages between 1988 and 1991 by British Rail with the support of the following organisations:
English Heritage, Settle and Carlisle Railway Trust, Railway Heritage Trust, Friends of the Settle Carlisle Line, Cumbria County Council, North Yorkshire County Council, Yorkshire Dales National Park, Lancashire County Council, Eden District Council, Craven District Council, Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council, Carlisle City Council, Settle Town Council, Bradford Metropolitan Council, Skipton Town Council, Richmondshire District Council
This cairn, built to commemorate the completion of the repairs and in honour of those whose toil both built and renovated the viaduct, was unveiled by Roger Freeman M.P. Minister of State For Public Transport on June 15th 1992.
Beware Falling Masonry
Although now fully restored, the limestone used in the construction of the viaduct has a natural tendency to flake.
There is a continued risk of falling masonry.
Please take care when walking at the foot of the viaduct.


Ribblehead Viaduct Memorial Cairn, northeast elevation.

Key details from the Location Record

Location Type
Monument / Memorial
Location Variant
Memorial Type - Other
Assessment status
Current Use(s)
Shown on a land plan?
Construction / installation period
6: Post BR. (1st Apr 1994 to present)
Distance from London St.Pancras
247 miles (chains not estimated)
Position relative to running lines
This location IS visible from nearby publicly accessible land.
Accessibility (ease of access)
Protection Category
Scheduled Ancient Monument
Geographic Location
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List Entry Extract(s)

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List Entry Number (LEN) List Entry District List Entry Name
1015726 Craven Ribblehead railway construction camp and prehistoric field system

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