Harringworth Viaduct, on the Jurassic
Way footpath in the north east of the county, was built
by the Midland Railway to span the Welland Valley in
1877-79. It is 1.2km (3/4 of a mile) in length with 82
arches, each 40 feet wide, and is an impressive piece of
engineering and architectural heritage.
It crosses the valley of the
River Welland between Harringworth in Northamptonshire
and Seaton in Rutland and is the longest masonry viaduct
across a valley in Britain.
Also known as Welland Viaduct, it lies on the Oakham to Kettering Line and carries the twin track non-electrified line between Corby and Manton Junction, where it joins the Leicester to Peterborough line. The route is generally used for the passage of freight trains and steam train outings. The line and structure is a favourite with steam train and heritage enthusiasts, carrying a Grade II Listed Structure status and dominating this picturesque rural valley.
400 men and 120 horses built this blue brick structure of which there is estimated to be 20 million, all manufactured on site. It is 60 feet high at its highest point.