Just across the Cumbria border in North Yorkshire is located The Ribblehead Viaduct, and it is the longest and most famous viaduct along the Settle to Carlisle railway. The photo above of me and my dad taken by my godfather only recently came to light following his passing away. It would have been taken in early 1983 when I was recovering from a serious kidney illness. I made a couple of trips to Cumbria with dad staying at The Snooty Fox at Kirkby Lonsdale owned at the time by long standing family friends who still up there. It has been somewhere I have always wanted to revisit and a recent trip to The Lakes with my mum gave me the perfect opportunity to go back there.
This time around I was armed with an SLR camera, and I am sure it was just as cold as there was an icy wind blowing and the first snows of the winter had fallen that weekend. The panoramic photo below was taken in 3 sections and thern joined together, and it gives an idea as to how impressive the 400 metre span is.
It was late afternoon when I got there and the sun was fading fast, and what was amazing was how the weather seemed to be changing by the minute. There were one or two moments when the sun threatened to break through the clouds.
It is only when you get up close and personal to the structure I think that you really get an idea of just how impressive an engineering feet this is remembering it was constructed back in the 1870s, and not forgetting more poignantly over 100 construction workers died.
Simply breathtaking, and the next time I go I will have to allow for even more photography time :)