Northern Viaduct Trust

Registered Charity Number 702573

Total raised
£60.00 + £8.75 Gift Aid = £68.75
+ £0.00 Gift Aid
+ £8.75 Gift Aid

About Northern Viaduct Trust

We are a charity devoted to restoring and maintain former railway viaducts in Northern England and arranging for public access to them.

The Northern Viaduct Trust was formed in 1989 to acquire, restore and maintain disused important railway viaducts in the North of England. The Trust's first project was at Smardale Gill, near Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria where restoration was completed in 1992 at a cost of nearly £400,000. This is a magnificent iconic structure well worth discovering.

The Trust then spent several years planning its next project, the Hartley-Stenkrith footpath project. This involved the acquisition of a one mile length of disused railway near Kirkby Stephen, including two viaducts, notably Podgill viaduct, a listed Grade 2* structure designed by the famous Cumbrian-born engineer, Thomas Bouch. The scheme also included a new footbridge over the River Eden to provide access to the new walking route. This route is well used and is accessible to wheelchair users, and provides excellent views of the fells and Eden Valley.

The recent hard winters have caused damage to the viaducts and the trust is seeking funds for their restoration and to maintain the footpaths giving access to them.

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