In recent weeks, I have seen grumblings from locals that claim they can’t see Keekle Viaduct from the roadside because of trees. While it is true that the trees mask the splendid bridge, people seem to forget why they were planted:
- Trees were planted so that residents could enjoy a nature reserve on their doorstep.
A short walk to the other-side of the viaduct reveals an amazing structure, and really is worth the effort should you really want to take in the view.
Keekle Viaduct is a former railway viaduct near Keekle, Cumbria, England.
The viaduct is a substantial structure which carried the double-track C&WJR’s Cleator Moor West to Siddick Junction via Workington Central main line over the River Keekle.
It is situated between the former stations of Cleator Moor West and Keekle Colliers’ Platform. Opened in 1879, it consists of seven equal stone arches across the river.
Timetabled passenger services over the viaduct ended on 13 April 1931. Goods and mineral trains, with very occasional passenger excursions and diversions continued to use the line until it closed completely on 16 September 1963.
The tracks were subsequently lifted. The structure was offered for sale for £1 in 1992, but there was no initial response, as any purchaser would have to maintain and repair it, rather than demolish it and recover the stone.