Heritage Tours

Submitted by mark.harvey / Mon, 01/10/2018 - 19:12

Photo: Class 158 train on Ribblehead Viaduct
Ribblehead Viaduct,
with Pen-y-ghent beyond.

For those able to walk a mile or two over rough ground, the "Ribblehead Heritage Tours" organised and run by Friends of the Settle-Carlisle Line volunteers are a great way to learn about:

  • The history of the famous Ribblehead Viaduct (pictured, right or above) with its magnificent 24 arches supporting the track bed more than one hundred feet above Batty Moss. ('Moss' is an Old English word meaning bog - i.e. waterlogged ground).
     
  • The people who constructed the line and the techniques that they used to do so. Find out how the navvies lived in this wild and remote location. How they built the cuttings, embankments, bridges (a viaduct is just a long bridge), tunnels, stations, etc. - all with little more to assist them than wheelbarrows, pick-axes, shovels, muscle power and, where necessary, dynamite. (The Tour Guides have a few stories to tell about the use - and misuse of the latter: for example, what happens when you try to dry wet dynamite beside an open fire? . . . !!!)

Annotated Photo: Archaeological sites in the Ribblehead area
Archaeological sites
in the Ribblehead area.

The tours also visit some of the archaeological sites in the area, including the evocatively named shanty towns of Inkerman, Batty Green, Sebastopol and Belgravia; the isolation hospital, narrow-gauge tramway and maintenance shed for the narrow-gauge steam locomotives; plus the clay-pits, brickworks and stone sorting area. The photograph to the left (or above on small screens) shows the heart of the area covered by these tours. For more information about this fascinating archaeological site, see Ribblehead railway construction camp & prehistoric field system.

For many participants on these tours, the close-up and distant views of the viaduct from the adjacent common land are the highlight of the tour, but please note that it is NOT possible to walk along the top of the viaduct as it carries an operational railway. You can, of course, cross it by train. To find-out how, see:

http://www.settle-carlisle.co.uk/tickets-times-travel/

The former Jericho Tours have been renamed Ribblehead Viaduct Tours and are scheduled for Thursdays 25th July and 29th August 2019.


Forthcoming Heritage Tours

To view the full details for a tour, click / tap on the tour title.

To view definitions for grades, leaders' initials and themes, click / tap on the relevant code or refer to the relevant code list on the 'Important Information' page.

RIBBLEHEAD TRAMWAY TOUR: 2.5 m easy

Date
Line
Leeds - Settle - Carlisle
Special Instructions
Connecting train times to Ribbblehead – 1049 from Leeds/1049 from Carlisle
Length
2 miles
Grade
Easy
Walk Leaders
--
Theme
OTHER TOUR
Description and notes

RIBBLEHEAD TRAMWAY TOUR
Free guided tours starting from the Visitor Centre on Ribblehead Station
The walking route is about 2½ miles at a leisurely pace, mainly along paths, with short stretches of rough ground which can be boggy at times.

Snacks, drinks and cakes can be obtained from the Visitor Centre Café. Strong footwear is advisable, with waterproofs in case of bad weather.
For further information or group bookings, contact m350simpson@btinternet.com or phone 01524 811492

Other dates for this tour are:

Thursday 4th July, Thursday 11th July, Thursday 1st August, Thursday 8th August, Thursday 15th August, Thursday 22nd August


RIBBLEHEAD VIADUCT TOURS – THE BUILDING OF AN ICON

Date
Line
Leeds - Settle - Carlisle
Special Instructions
Connecting train times to Ribbblehead – 1049 from Leeds/1049 from Carlisle
Length
2 miles
Grade
Easy
Walk Leaders
--
Theme
RIBBLEHEAD HERITAGE TOUR.
Description and notes

RIBBLEHEAD VIADUCT TOURS – THE BUILDING OF AN ICON
Free guided tours starting from the Visitor Centre on Ribblehead Station will take place on : Thursday 30th May, Thursday 27th June, Thursday 25th July. Thursday 29th August
The tour begins with a talk at the Visitor Centre, followed by a ¾ mile stroll on a stony track to the famous Ribblehead Viaduct to learn about how it was built. On return to the Visitor Centre we take the train to Garsdale (fare payable). At Garsdale Station we will visit the Bronze Statue of Ruswarp, the only dog that signed with his paw, the petition to save the line. We then return by train to Ribblehead Station.
Connecting train times to Ribbblehead – 1049 from Leeds/1049 from Carlisle
Snacks, drinks and cakes can be obtained from the Visitor Centre Café. Strong footwear is advisable, with waterproofs in case of bad weather.
For further information contact ruth.evans@settle-carlisle.com/phone 01524 811492


RIBBLEHEAD TRAMWAY TOUR: 2.5 m easy

Date
Line
Leeds - Settle - Carlisle
Special Instructions
Connecting train times to Ribbblehead – 1049 from Leeds/1049 from Carlisle
Length
2 miles
Grade
Easy
Walk Leaders
--
Theme
OTHER TOUR
Description and notes

RIBBLEHEAD TRAMWAY TOUR
Free guided tours starting from the Visitor Centre on Ribblehead Station
The walking route is about 2½ miles at a leisurely pace, mainly along paths, with short stretches of rough ground which can be boggy at times.

Snacks, drinks and cakes can be obtained from the Visitor Centre Café. Strong footwear is advisable, with waterproofs in case of bad weather.
For further information or group bookings, contact m350simpson@btinternet.com or phone 01524 811492

Other dates for this tour are:

Thursday 4th July, Thursday 11th July, Thursday 18th July, Thursday 8th August, Thursday 15th August, Thursday 22nd August


RIBBLEHEAD TRAMWAY TOUR: 2.5 m easy

Date
Line
Leeds - Settle - Carlisle
Special Instructions
Connecting train times to Ribbblehead – 1049 from Leeds/1049 from Carlisle
Length
2 miles
Grade
Easy
Walk Leaders
--
Theme
OTHER TOUR
Description and notes

RIBBLEHEAD TRAMWAY TOUR
Free guided tours starting from the Visitor Centre on Ribblehead Station
The walking route is about 2½ miles at a leisurely pace, mainly along paths, with short stretches of rough ground which can be boggy at times.

Snacks, drinks and cakes can be obtained from the Visitor Centre Café. Strong footwear is advisable, with waterproofs in case of bad weather.
For further information or group bookings, contact m350simpson@btinternet.com or phone 01524 811492

Other dates for this tour are:

Thursday 4th July, Thursday 11th July, Thursday 18th July, Thursday 1st August, Thursday 15th August, Thursday 22nd August


RIBBLEHEAD TRAMWAY TOUR: 2.5 m easy

Date
Line
Leeds - Settle - Carlisle
Special Instructions
Connecting train times to Ribbblehead – 1049 from Leeds/1049 from Carlisle
Length
2 miles
Grade
Easy
Walk Leaders
--
Theme
OTHER TOUR
Description and notes

RIBBLEHEAD TRAMWAY TOUR
Free guided tours starting from the Visitor Centre on Ribblehead Station
The walking route is about 2½ miles at a leisurely pace, mainly along paths, with short stretches of rough ground which can be boggy at times.

Snacks, drinks and cakes can be obtained from the Visitor Centre Café. Strong footwear is advisable, with waterproofs in case of bad weather.
For further information or group bookings, contact m350simpson@btinternet.com or phone 01524 811492

Other dates for this tour are:

Thursday 4th July, Thursday 11th July, Thursday 18th July, Thursday 1st August, Thursday 8th August, Thursday 22nd August


RIBBLEHEAD TRAMWAY TOUR: 2.5 m easy

Date
Line
Leeds - Settle - Carlisle
Special Instructions
Connecting train times to Ribbblehead – 1049 from Leeds/1049 from Carlisle
Length
2 miles
Grade
Easy
Walk Leaders
--
Theme
OTHER TOUR
Description and notes

RIBBLEHEAD TRAMWAY TOUR
Free guided tours starting from the Visitor Centre on Ribblehead Station
The walking route is about 2½ miles at a leisurely pace, mainly along paths, with short stretches of rough ground which can be boggy at times.

Snacks, drinks and cakes can be obtained from the Visitor Centre Café. Strong footwear is advisable, with waterproofs in case of bad weather.
For further information or group bookings, contact m350simpson@btinternet.com or phone 01524 811492

Other dates for this tour are:

Thursday 4th July, Thursday 11th July, Thursday 18th July, Thursday 1st August, Thursday 8th August, Thursday 15th August


RIBBLEHEAD VIADUCT TOURS – THE BUILDING OF AN ICON

Date
Line
Leeds - Settle - Carlisle
Special Instructions
Connecting train times to Ribbblehead – 1049 from Leeds/1049 from Carlisle
Length
2 miles
Grade
Easy
Walk Leaders
--
Theme
RIBBLEHEAD HERITAGE TOUR.
Description and notes

RIBBLEHEAD VIADUCT TOURS – THE BUILDING OF AN ICON
Free guided tours starting from the Visitor Centre on Ribblehead Station will take place on : Thursday 30th May, Thursday 27th June, Thursday 25th July. Thursday 29th August
The tour begins with a talk at the Visitor Centre, followed by a ¾ mile stroll on a stony track to the famous Ribblehead Viaduct to learn about how it was built. On return to the Visitor Centre we take the train to Garsdale (fare payable). At Garsdale Station we will visit the Bronze Statue of Ruswarp, the only dog that signed with his paw, the petition to save the line. We then return by train to Ribblehead Station.
Connecting train times to Ribbblehead – 1049 from Leeds/1049 from Carlisle
Snacks, drinks and cakes can be obtained from the Visitor Centre Café. Strong footwear is advisable, with waterproofs in case of bad weather.
For further information contact ruth.evans@settle-carlisle.com/phone 01524 811492