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Viking-era domestic kitchen found during excavation at Ribblehead

Ribblehead is the area of moorland at the head of the River Ribble in the area known as Ribblesdale, in the West Riding of Yorkshire. It lies within the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

Ribblehead is most notable for Ribblehead railway station and Ribblehead Viaduct on the Settle to Carlisle railway. The nearest town is Ingleton. It has some accommodation catering mainly for hikers and a small local population. It is also a point on the Dales Way and Yorkshire Three Peaks walks, in sight of major local peaks including Ingleborough and Whernside.


Roman Road

The Roman road across Batty Moss crosses the railway line just north of Ribblehead station, just before the viaduct begins. and past the Station Inn. The modern B6255 road follows its line.[1]

Viking Farmstead

Archaeological research revealed the presence of a Scandinavian farmstead, with three large buildings around a paved farmyard, including a longhouse and a smithy, and suggesting that the present weathered conditions date from later than this farmstead of around the 9th century.[2][3]

Settle and Carlisle Railway

Main article: Ribblehead Viaduct

The viaduct across Batty Moss was constructed between 1870 and 1874 by the Midland Railway as part of the Settle-Carlisle Line.[4]


The area is part of the civil parish of Ingleton. The ecclesiastical parish is St Leonard, Ingleton, and there is a small church dedicated to St Leonard at Chapel-le-Dale.[5]


  • Hamerow, Helena (2012). Rural Settlements and Society in Anglo-Saxon England. pp. 4, 5, 9, 32. ISBN 9780199203253. 

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