The Ribblehead Viaduct is the highlight of the route with its magnificent 24 arches spanning Batty Moss over 100 feet below. Join the Ribblehead Tours to look at the archaeological sites and the history of the Viaduct. Hear how the navvies lived and built this tremendous structure with assistance from steam cranes and muscle power. Places of interest that will be visited are the site of the Batty Green Shanty Town including the site of the hospital, the narrow-gauge tramway, the maintenance shed for the steam locomotives, the brickworks, lime kilns, the stone sorting area and the Viaduct itself.
To join a tour, meet at the Heritage Centre on Ribblehead Station at 10.25 am. for a tour of the Viaduct site which lasts about 2 hours. The tours cross rough moorland and all participants should wear stout footwear and bring warm and waterproof clothing.
A longer tour is available (also starting at 10.25) which, after visiting the viaduct continues past the Blea Moor signal box and on to view the southern entrance of Blea Moor tunnel. Anyone joining this longer tour should bring with them a packed lunch.
All tours are free of charge.
Trains from Leeds arrive at 10.06 and from Carlisle at 10.17
In 2016 the tours will take place on the following dates:
April 27th (as part of the Ride2stride festival);
June 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th;
July 6th, 13th, 20th, & 27th;
August 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th & 31st