During 2017, a new way of seeing the Settle Carlisle line was launched atthe refurbished Ribblehead Visitor Centre. Using a touch screen you can now view the line between Settle and Blea Moor tunnel using aerial photography and 3D models. By clicking on the main features of the line (Ribblehead, Horton and Settle stations, Blea Moor and Settle signal boxes, Helwith Bridge quarry etc) you can explore further. Each feature has a gallery of images and stories including personal reminisences. You can find more information at signal boxes, Helwith Bridge quarry etc) you can explore further. Each feature has a gallery of images and stories including personal reminisences. For more information.
Ribblehead also boasts a weather station: www.mylocalweather.org.uk/ribblehead/.
Ribblehead is surrounded by the vastness of the Dales landscape. The peaks of Ingleborough and Whernside dominate the local scenery and westerly winds howl up the valley much of the year. Conditions in winter (and summer in some cases) can be very challenging. Into this setting during the 1870’s came the tough ‘navvies’ who set up encampments to live whilst the building of the line was undertaken.
The ghosts of the navvy bases remain and the area now has a stillness and remoteness, which is only broken by the rumble of a passenger or freight train over the Viaduct. This acts as a reminder that the S&C not only offers a wonderful trip for people but is a vital connection for communities, trade and industry.
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