WALKERS took the history of one of Yorkshire's most iconic heritage sites in their stride on the first of weekly summer tours around Ribblehead Viaduct.

Heritage walks are taking place every Wednesday until August 27 as part of this year's celebrations of the 25th anniversary of the saving of the Settle to Carlisle railway from closure.

Friends of Ribblehead Viaduct experts are leading two walks every Wednesday, a short one of about two-and-a-half miles taking in the 'shanty town' sites and a five-mile walk towards Blea Moor and the Littledale area where stone was obtained to construct the viaduct.

On both walks experts talk about the history of the railway's construction, the life of the railway builders and refurbishment of the viaduct.

Both walks start at 10.25am at the visitor centre on Ribblehead station.

A spokesman said: "Waterproofs and stout footwear are required for both tours and a packed lunch is essential for the longer tour to Blea Moor. Participants must be mindful of their own safety whilst on the walks."

Both walks return in time to catch trains south to Leeds or north to Carlisle.