Ribblehead railway station is located at the southern end of the famous Ribblehead Viaduct. The Settle-Carlisle railway is thought to represent the most complete piece of Victorian railway engineering and architecture in the UK. The 72-mile long route was designated as a Conservation Area in 1992.
So much more than a station
As well as being an important focal point for the area, providing a key gateway and access point to the Stories in Stone area, it is also a visitor centre.
The station is run by the Settle and Carlisle Railway Trust (S&CRT). The building consists of three rooms and a small waiting room. Interpretation and artefacts take up two of the three rooms, with a small café in the third. The visitor centre currently attracts around 8,600 people each year.
The station even has its own meteorological station and in the past has served as a place of worship!
What has the project achieved?
The project has involved the production of an aerial map of the line from Settle to Ribblehead, which explains and interprets key features such as the navvy settlement. It will also enables signposting and interpretation of the many archaeological features adjacent to the line. The project also includes internal decoration and repairs, enhanced interpretation, and better visitor signage. Visitors arriving and departing by train will particularly benefit but also, with proper signage, walkers and holidaymakers will be encouraged to visit the station and find out more about this iconic area.
You can view the maps and interactive interpretation online.
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Get in touch
If you’d like to find out more about this project, please contact Debbie Boswell, Stories in Stone Discover Ingleborough Officer.