River Wharfe Viaduct Reserve

This iconic, Grade II listed viaduct spans the River Wharfe, just 1km east of Boston Spa in Yorkshire. Built in 1848, it’s of special architectural and historic interest. Most interestingly for Betts, it’s home to many species of bat, whilst providing a niche habitat for nesting birds, invertebrates and saxicolous plants.

Constructed from coursed limestone, five round arches can be seen on each bank of the river. They are linked by a steel platform, supported mid-way with a stone pier.

The viaduct originally formed part of the Harrogate to Church Fenton railing line. Commissioned by the North Yorkshire Railway Company, it was built by George Stephenson. By 1854, the line became part of the North Eastern Railway. But it was sadly closed in 1964 as part of the infamous Beeching railway review.

Today, the viaduct stands proudly in its rural setting, having benefited from restorative work. It’s a superb heritage asset that we’re proud to care for. 

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