Stepping away from the Yorkshire Dales, I thought I would venture out to some new locations. Although I have always know about these places, and seen plenty of images from the area, I’ve never visited them. The weather and light wasn’t particularly good on the day, but when is the British Summer. Visiting new locations is always worth doing when your not rushing, it helps plan out parking, access and angles for when you might be rushing.
The first location to visit was Calverley Cutting, dating back to the 1850’s. The aim was reduce the winding path through Calverly Wood, that was the Packhorse Road. The Cutting wasn’t popular due to the steep incline from the Apperley Bridge side, and the old scenic road was preferred.
This will defiantly be a location to visit in early autumn when the laves change colour and litter the pathway.
The Arthington Viaduct carries the Harrogate line across the Wharfe Valley, the Grade II listed structure is officially named as Wharfedale Viaduct. Like the Bramhope Tunnel, the viaduct was constructed 1845 to 1849. In excess of 50,000 tons of stone were used in its construction.
This is another location that I will be returning to, easily accessible and great for the ever changing weather conditions. The pathway that curves around the river away from the Viaduct is beside a wonderful looking wheat field. I couldn’t resit some moody shots of the sky over the colourful field below.
Finishing up the day was a quick visit to see the Knaresborough Viaduct location, the weather had changed and was beginning to rain. Another impressive structure on the Harrogate Line again, this time carrying the line over the River Nidd. The original construction of the viaduct collapsed in 1848 as nearing completion, and had to be rebuilt from scratch.
The classic view of the Viaduct is from the Castle, looking upstream along the River Nidd. The arches reflect into the water, giving a double view.
The northern portal of the Bramhope Tunnel on the Harrogate Line. The two mile long tunnel was constructed by the Leeds and Thirsk Railway, from 1845 to 1849.