Smardale Gill Viaduct work completed
The permissive path over the top of the iconic Smardale Gill Viaduct has been closed for a year due to necessary work to up-grade its hand-rails. The work, identified during an inspection in 2019, is now complete and the viaduct is open for walkers.
The 2019 inspection also identified the need for further repair work to the surface deck of the viaduct and its stonework. The Trust has commissioned a comprehensive survey that will take place over the next few months to establish the exact nature and cost of the works necessary to conserve this Victorian monument.
The restoration work is likely to be substantial and costly and NVT will be launching a new fund-raising campaign in the New Year.
Smardale Gill Viaduct stands 90 feet above Scandal Beck in the beautiful countryside of the Westmorland Dales just south of Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria. Surrounding the viaduct is the Smardale Nature Reserve run by Cumbria Wildlife Trust. It is one of the last remaining homes to the red squirrel and a must-do for all visitors.
Donations can be made via the Eden Viaducts Trust website or by swiping the QR code on the Interpretation Panels.