Arten Gill

The railway line between Ribblehead and Dent is dramatic in scenery and engineering. What is the case, in my eyes, is that the Victorian railway engineering actually enhances the natural beauty of the area.

Ribblehead Viaduct is well known and I have featured that on this blog. Soon after northbound trains cross the viaduct they plunge into Blea Moor Tunnel – well over a mile and a half long. Once through that there are a couple more significant viaducts before England’s highest station at Dent is reached. One of the viaducts is over Arten Gill.

This is Arten Gill viaduct as seen from near Dent Station. It is in a remote location, but once Arten Gill was a veritable hive of industry.

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Having left this good view point, I realised a freight train was about to cross the viaduct so I found another, less good viewpoint and snapped.

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Having had these glimpses, I had to take a closer look.

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Now that is glorious. It is taller than Ribble
head and the confined location probably makes it look taller still. And here’s my wife as we start to get up close to the viaduct.

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Yes, it is a fine view down Arten Gill.

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The viaduct is made of the local stone which is called Dent marble but is actually a form of limestone.

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This time we were lucky enough to see a passenger train cross the viaduct.

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What a lovely, lonely location. Building the viaduct there almost beggars belief.

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2 Responses to “Arten Gill”

  1. kandriot1 Says:

    I want to go there! It looks like such a fun place to explore!

  2. locksands Says:

    I feel so lucky to live in the British Isles. It is all quite small scale and you get huge changes in scenery and life in such short distances. It is still easy to find glorious places where most folk don’t go. I’m not as fit as I once was, but places like Arten Gill can be reached by car and just a short walk. We were alone there, but earlier we had seen loads of cars and people at Ribblehead. That’s the railway viaduct in the area which people have heard of – and it is fantastic as well.

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