The iconic Ribblehead Viaduct is probably England’s most famous railway viaduct.
The site is well visited and heavily used by thousands of people accessing the Yorkshire Three Peaks and supporting charity walks, often in large numbers. However, this usage, together with ad hoc parking and camping, has led to significant erosion problems and seasonal vegetation damage around the viaduct, historical construction site and roadside verges, with this damage increased by severe weather events.
Enhancement works began in early March 2018. Priority works largely relate to improving the immediate roadside environment to protect the Scheduled Ancient Monument. These have included installing kerbing and bunding to protect ground features; repair of vehicle damage and erosion; and repairing parking areas to reduce further damage. These works have mostly been completed.
Further works to create a short pedestrian link from the layby to the public footpath, to reduce the need for road walking, has now begun. New interpretation will also be installed soon.
Once the works have 'settled in', the area will be a nicer place for visitors to appreciate the Viaduct - an impressive Victorian engineering feat - and find out more about the people who built it.
The project has been managed by the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority.