Smardale Gill, Ravenstonedale, Cumbria. Location map
 
  Scene showing Smardale Bridge, Ravenstonedale, Cumbria, England   Ravenstonedale.

Running north from Ravenstonedale is Scandal Beck and about a mile from Ravenstonedale is Smardale Bridge; a 17th century packhorse bridge.

Turning right onto the track at the bridge will lead, in a short while, to a signpost indicating a permissive path to Smardale Gill Viaduct.

 

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  View of Smardale, Ravenstonedale, Cumbria, England   Ravenstonedale.

The limestone scenery along Scandal Beck is very attractive and picturesque. The high ground on the left is Begin Hill and on the right is Smardale Fell.

 

 

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  View of Smardale Gill Viaduct, Ravenstonedale, Cumbria, England   Ravenstonedale.

Near the northern end of the permissive footpath the top of Smardale Gill Viaduct, built in 1861, is 90 feet above scandal beck.

This view is looking back towards Ravenstonedale.

 

 

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  View of the Smardale Gill Viaduct path, Ravenstonedale, Cumbria, England   Ravenstonedale.

The old railway track, now disused, forms part of a footpath which crosses the Smardale Gill Viaduct and itself is part of the Smardale Gill Nature Reserve. There is an astonishing profusion of wild plants in this reserve including some of the largest British orchids that we have ever seen.

The gate is there to keep animals, not people, out and you can either open the gate or go over the stile.

 

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Read our report of this trip to Ravenstonedale, Cumbria on the Blog.