Keekle Viaduct: Not Your Average Brick Viaduct

Nestled between Cleator Moor and Keekle, lies a structure that could only be described as… well, let's just say it's not exactly the Eiffel Tower. I'm talking, of course, about the Keekle Viaduct. This grand old viaduct, with its seven stone arches, has more history than a gossip magazine and more charm than… well, a brick wall.

Now, I know what you're thinking: "A viaduct? Sounds exciting as watching paint dry." But hear me out! This viaduct is more than just a pile of rocks. It's a testament to Victorian engineering, a symbol of a bygone era, and a haven for pigeons with questionable fashion sense (have you seen their waistcoats?).

Built in 1879, the Keekle Viaduct was once a vital part of the Furness Railway line. It's age means it's older than your nan's knitting needles. In fact, it's so old, it probably remembers when dinosaurs roamed the earth (well, maybe not dinosaurs, but definitely horses and carts). 

Trains chugged over its back, carrying goods and passengers alike. But like all good things, the passenger trains eventually stopped in 1931, leaving the viaduct to ponder its existential viaduct-ness. Goods trains kept it company for a while longer, but they too eventually bid farewell in 1963.

So, what's left? A grand, lonely structure that's become a bit of a local legend. Some say it's haunted by the ghosts of train conductors past. Others claim it's a popular spot for…ahem… romantic activities (let's just say the pigeons aren't the only ones cooing). But the truth is, the Keekle Viaduct is whatever you want it to be. It's a blank canvas for your imagination, a place to let your inner child run wild (or your inner goth, if that's your thing).

The viaduct is now a Grade II listed building. That means it's basically a posh, old fart of the viaduct world. It's probably got a monocle and a top hat, and throws fancy dinner parties for other listed buildings where they discuss the finer points of architectural preservation over cucumber sandwiches. Can you imagine the conversations? "Oh, darling, the scaffolding on Big Ben simply isn't done, is it? Much too gauche."

But perhaps the funniest thing about the Keekle Viaduct is its sheer resilience. It's been through wars, economic downturns, and even a rogue game of frisbee gone wrong (allegedly). Yet, it still stands there, proud and unyielding, a testament to the enduring power of Victorian engineering (and a healthy dose of brick and mortar).

So, next time you're in Cumbria, don't just visit the Lake District (although, let's be honest, that's pretty amazing too). Take a detour to the Keekle Viaduct. It may not be the most glamorous sight, but it's got a story to tell, and it might just surprise you. Just don't forget your camera. 

Keekle Railway Viaduct
Keekle Viaduct - A Seldom Seen Angle



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