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Ribblehead is one of the more remote and scenic locations on the famous Settle and Carlisle line and the site of one of the most famous viaducts in the UK.
The main photo spot here is on the west side of the line south of the viaduct, near the station. There also many photos possible on the other side across Blea Moor. Here a 'scenic' shot can be had of southbound trains after crossing the viaduct and a shot can be taken of the train passing through the station of a northbound train (but there is only limited space to photo a northbound train here).
Railway type and traffic
Sprinters on passenger services about every 2 hours. There are regular charter trains along the line.
Freight is mainly Coal, operated by DB Schenker and Freightliner, as well as GBRf and DB Schenker Gypsum trains to New Biggin.
Ribblehead has little more from a station, pub, a few houses and a car park apart from that its the middle of nowhere.
Note: the weather can change quickly and the station area is famous for strong and cold winds so come prepared!
There many places to park in this area. Parking is possible by the location on the south west side of the viaduct.
Catch the train to Ribblehead station, about every 2 hours but check times before travelling.Click here to set up your location for directions to this location
There is a Pub which services food in Ribblehead.
The pub also offers a Bed and Breakfast service.
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Ribblehead general view map
Ribblehead close up map
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This is very much a lunch time to evening location sun on the side and front for a southbound from about 10am and will stay on the sun and move onto the front of a northbound in the afternoon before setting.
General views - All photographs © Jonathan Lewis unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking north west
Fig 2 - Looking south east
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