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Ribblehead Viaduct, North Yorkshire

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Ribblehead Viaduct is nestled in between the 3 great peaks in the Yorkshire Dales, Ingleborough, Whernside and Pen Y Ghent. It can be visited any time of year, but can get very busy in the summer months. 

Ribblehead is most impressive under cloudy moody skies.

In winter the snow capped mountains of Ingleborough and Whernside make excellent backdrops. In winter the sun also sets directly behind the viaduct making for excellent silhouettes. 

There is little light pollution in the area so night photography is also good here. Do stick to the dirt road though as there are several pot holes in the area accessing a network of underground caves and tunnels. 

The viaduct is on the famous Settle to Carlisle railway, and often (mainly in summer) steam trains run over the viaduct. If you are in the area you will know when one is running as there will be hundreds of people stood at the side of the line on the drive north from Settle. Trips and times are published on this excellent website. 

To the east of the viaduct is a lime stone causeway, this is worth exploring in itself, but also makes for excellent lead in lines / foreground interest. BE CAREFUL though this is very slippery when wet.

If you can muster up the effort, the views from the top of Whernside and Ingleborough are amazing on a clear day. You can really see the impressive size of the viaduct from here.

The towns of Settle, Ingleborough and Hawes have B&B's and plenty of places for food and drink. The nearby market town of Skipton is also worth a visit.

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Ribblehead Viaduct

Blea Moor Road
North Yorkshire LA6 3AS
United Kingdom

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