SCRCA structure 247780: Bridge SAC/66 - Ribblehead Viaduct aka Batty Moss Viaduct (PROW - bridleway / track)

SCRCA Location Introduction

Ribblehead Viaduct (also known as Batty Moss Viaduct and Bridge SAC/66) is the longest viaduct on the line. It is 440 yards long, 100 feet high, has 24 arches and it carries the Settle-Carlisle Railway over a dry valley known as Batty Moss.

The viaduct was built as a free-standing structure. The abutments at each end are a similar height to the piers, although they appear to be shorter because the embankments were built-up around them.

Before the navvies could build the piers and abutments, they had to dig holes up to 25 feet deep through peat and boulder clay to reach the limestone bedrock. Piers 6, 12 and 18 are known as 'king piers'. They are twice as wide as the others and they help to make the viaduct very strong. They were hollow when built, but have since been filled with rubble, sand and a special cement grout.

Ribblehead Viaduct: Elevation view from the north-west

Key details from the Location Record

Location Type
Bridge (Viaduct)
Location Variant
Span - Arch (multiple)
Assessment status
Current Use(s)
Railway ops
Shown on a land plan?
Construction / installation period
2: MR construction phase (1869 to 31st Dec 1876)
Distance from London St.Pancras
247 miles and 60 chains
Position relative to running lines
This location IS visible from nearby publicly accessible land.
Accessibility (ease of access)
Protection Category
Listed, Grade II Star
Geographic Location
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List Entry Extract(s)

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