Ribblehead Viaduct

The Story Behind the Image - Ribblehead Viaduct

Photographers are a bit nuts.

Who else would get up at 4:00 in the morning and drive 45 minutes just to photography a scenic railway viaduct?

That's what I did to take this photo of the Ribblehead Viaduct (aka Batty Moss Viaduct) in the Yorkshire Dales. Our family was staying at Airton, near Malham, but I was keen to photograph the viaduct. When I discovered that sunrise was just after 5 am I set my alarm clock for 4 and was out the door, filled with black coffee and armed with my camera gear, by 4:30.

Why would I want to sleep when I could watch the sunrise at Ribblehead?

The viaduct was built in 1874 by the Midland Railway to carry the Settle to Carlisle railway line across Batty Moss. It is still in service, carrying the heritage railway service that draws thousands of visitors every year. You can often see steam locomotives carrying passenger cars over the viaduct - but most people won't want to get up at 4 am to see it!


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