Location Kirkby Stephen
Grid Ref NY 733082
12 arches, 131 ft high, 237 yards long.
Smardale is the highest viaduct on the S&C railway, towering 131 feet over Scandal Beck, and built entirely of grey limestone.
The old North Eastern Railway line (formerly the South Durham and Lancashire Union railway) from Darlington to Tebay also passed under this viaduct.
About a mile south along the old NER line is the another magnificent viaduct over Scandal Beck – Old Smardale viaduct. The viaduct has been restored by the Northern Viaducts trust into its present excellent condition, and a public footpath utilises the viaduct to cross the valley.
Smardale Gill itself is a nature reserve under the care of Cumbria Wildlife Trust.
Aerial photos by Simon Ledingham.
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