If you’re looking for an unforgettable walk in the Dales with some stunning views, you can’t get much better than Ribblehead Viaduct. It’s one of Yorkshire Dale’s most popular attractions, and with the highest of the three peaks, Whernside mountain, it is a truly unique opportunity for some world-class photography.
The Ribblehead Viaduct carries the Settle-Carlisle Railway across Batty Moss in North Yorkshire. In August 1874, the arches were keyed with the first train carrying passengers across on September 1874 and the last brick laid by the end of the year.
Why not start your walk at the Station Inn, that way you can finish there and enjoy a nice well-earned pint after taking in the amazing feat of Victorian engineering. From the pub, it is about a half a mile walk to the Ribblehead Viaduct. If you get there before sunset, you can get some spectacular shots.
The Yorkshire National Parks are home to some of the darkest skies in the world. It is possible to see thousands of stars, the Milky Way, meteors and even the Northern Lights. The area is vast becoming a popular spot for stargazers, and with good reason. It was officially made a Dark Sky Reserve, which makes Ribblehead Viaduct the perfect sky gazing spot.
If you’re feeling adventurous you can attempt to climb the highest of Yorkshire’s three peaks, Whernside. Head up towards Blea Moors and take in the beautiful rolling hills before heading past Little Dale Beck and Force Gill Waterfall.
The walk to the top of the mountain is around a 7-mile walk, which is quite the trek, so make sure you wear appropriate footwear and bring plenty of water.
From the summit of Whernside, you can enjoy some excellent views. You’ll be able to see Ribblehead Viaduct and beyond that is Pen-y-ghent. You can then carry on and begin to descend towards Boradrake a former farm situated at the foot of Whernside mountain, before heading back towards the viaduct.
You can get some impressive photos before heading back to the pub for a decent pint of ale and a bit of food whilst talking about the day’s events – what a great way to spend summer, eh.