Partners and Friends

in response to our appeal for support for maintenance work on Smardale Gill Viaduct, a huge thank you to Benny Walker Charitable Trust, Railway Heritage Trust, Yorkshire Dales National Park Sustainable Development Fund, Garfield Weston, Alan Hinkes, the YDNPA, WDLPS, the Hadfield Trust, The Pilgrim Trust, HF Holidays, the Lodges at Artlegarth and to all the generous people who have donated since we started our campaign.

Please help us save Smardale Gill Viaduct and keep the footpaths open for future generations by making a donation.

The Railway Heritage Trust is a Company Limited by Guarantee, which aims to encourage the conservation and enhancement of railway buildings and structures which are listed or scheduled and are of special architectural or historic interest, and acts as a catalyst between outside parties and owners in the conservation and alternative use of non-operational property, including the possible transfer of responsibility to local trusts or other interested organisations.

Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority’s Sustainable Development Fund which is open to individuals, businesses, community groups or voluntary sector bodies. It provides an accessible source of money for a range of projects that result in positive benefits for the National Park’s environment, economy and communities, while enhancing and conserving local culture, wildlife and landscape.

Westmorland Dales Landscape Partnership Scheme (a four-year programme with a vision to unlock and reveal the hidden heritage of the Westmorland Dales) awarded via its new ‘Love Your Landscape’ small grants scheme. The landscape partnership is supported by a grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund. 

The Hadfield Trust gives grants to charitable organisations in Cumbria that meet the needs of the Cumbrian community and make a real difference to the quality of life of those living in the County.

The Pilgrim Trust gives grants totalling over three million pounds each year to charities and public bodies. 60% of funding is directed to projects aimed at preserving the fabric of architecturally or historically important buildings, or projects working to preserve historically significant artifacts or documents. 40% of funding is allocated to social welfare needs.

HF Holidays has a proud history spanning over 100 years. The ethos at the heart of the holidays has remained the same as it was in 1913 – exceptional walking experiences in beautiful locations. The Pathways Fund provides assisted holidays to those who could not otherwise afford one and helps to protect and improve the countryside where HF Holidays’ guests walk.

Railway Ramblers promote the benefits of railway paths for health and wellbeing, as wildlife corridors and for green travel.  Supporting path development and maintenance and promoting the historical importance of old railway lines.

Our thanks and appreciation are extended to the following organisations for their support and help:


Cumbrian Railways Association – The County’s railway history group
North Eastern Railway Association – history group for the North Eastern Railway
Settle-Carlisle Railway – joint website for all organisations supporting the famous Settle & Carlisle Railway
Friends of the Settle-Carlisle Line
Stainmore Railway Company – rail heritage centre at Kirkby Stephen East
Carlisle Waverley Viaduct Trust

And thank you to all the Trustees who founded the Northern Viaduct Trust and worked endlessly to preserve and maintain these iconic viaducts for future generations:

Patricia Winifred Barwell
Gordon James Biddle
Timothy Alan Bounds
Sir Martin Wyatt Holdgate
Mark Keefe
Glenys Margaret Lumley
Gavin Patrick Blandy Martin
Jonathan Mark Bramwell Miller
Alexander Michael Pettigrew
Peter William Robinson
Michael William Sewell
Michael Andrew Sunderland
Neville Whittaker
William Alfred Willink

With particular thanks to Gordon Biddle – retired surveyor, railway civil engineer and inland waterways historian for all his hard work during the founding of NVT and in editing our current history pages