Smardale Gill, Spring 2019


All photos taken with a Google Pixel 3XL. Edited in Adobe Lightroom CC and Photoshop CC 2019.

The Smardale Gill Viaduct Nature Reserve has had a lot of work done recently, largely in expanding parking and installing visitor information.


Smardale Gill Viaduct crosses the steep limestone valley of Smardalegill, has 14 arches, measures 90ft high, and 550 ft long. It was built to carry lime from the quarried limestone in the valley onto the Stainmore railine.


Nowadays the viaduct has been fixed and restored, with walkers able to walk along the top of it. The gill itself is now a Nature Reserve, allowing nature to reclaim the land from the industrial hand of man.


A giant lime kiln, which was made to take limestone from the cliffs of the valley, and heat it up to temperatures beyond 900°C, producing lime (calcium oxide), which is used for construction (concrete, cement, and mortar) as well as for fertilising soil.


A long-abandoned cottage, probably a miner’s or quarrymen’s cottage.


Heading down to the bottom of the valley, with Scandal Bridge, an 18th century packhorse bridge, crossing the beck. In the distance, the Ravenstonedale fells.


Looking back north towards Smardale Gill and its viaduct.