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South Tyne

Lambley Viaduct

Lambley viaduct crosses the River South Tyne as a series of elegant stone arches. More than 260m long, it once carried the Haltwhistle to Alston railway. The railway opened in 1852 to haul coal from the Alston mines, was closed in 1976, and the viaduct allowed to decay. In 1991 the British Rail Property Board agreed to repair the viaduct and hand it over to the North Pennine Heritage Trust who would maintain it in the future.

The viaduct may have been designed by George Barclay Bruce, an eminent Victorian engineer who was involved in the Alston line before leaving for India to pioneer railway construction there. It is a particularly elegant example of Victorian engineering: the river is crossed by nine 17-metre (56 ft) wide arches which support a deck 32 metres (105 ft) above the river but, as it carried a single rail track, only 3.5 metres (11 ft) wide. The piers to the arches are built of massive rough-faced stones each weighing up to 500 kilograms (1,100 lb), with similar-sized stones in ashlar to the main arch voussoirs. The spandrels and piers to the 6-metre (20 ft) wide approach arches are built of coursed rubble masonry. One end of the viaduct has been fenced off to stop people straying into Lambley Railway Station which is now a private house.[4].


Footbridge at Allen Banks

Allen Banks is a Victorian garden in a gorge of the River Allen cutting through woodland. There is a medieval Pele tower. It has been designated a site of special scientific interest for its rich flora and fauna. There is a large suspension bridge.

Local places of interest

Carlisle Castle
Carlisle Cathedral
Carlisle Town Centre

Gillfort Bay
Hexham / Abbey/Moot Hall/ Old Gaol
High Head Sculpture Valley
New Abbey Corn Mill
Ruthwell Cross
The Solway Coast
Sweetheart Abbey

Talkin Tarn
Tullie House

The world of Beatrix Potter
Carlisle Cathedral
Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery
Holker Hall & Gardens
Buccleuch Hall at Langholm
Lanercost Priory

High Heads Sculpture Valley



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