This is why Bennerley Viaduct near Nottingham will be closed for the next 10 weeks

The popular walking route will be partially closed until early June
The Bennerley Viaduct is partially closing for nearly 10 weeks The Bennerley Viaduct is partially closing for nearly 10 weeks
The Bennerley Viaduct is partially closing for nearly 10 weeks

The Bennerley Viaduct will be partially closed for the next 10 weeks due to improvement works. 

The iconic 19th-century viaduct will be closed until June on the Nottinghamshire side so that a new ramp can be built. 

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For the ramp to be built, there will be no access to the viaduct via the Nottinghamshire steps end. 

Visitors should instead access the viaduct via the Erewash canal side. 

The pathways to the nature area underneath the viaduct will be closed on the Nottingham side and parking around the Naphtha Kennels lane will not be available. 

Once the ramp is built, work will begin on a new visitor centre and car park.

 

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Standing 20 metres high above the valley of the River Erewash, and a quarter of a mile long, the viaduct cuts a dominant figure in the landscape. 

Affectionately known as the Iron Giant, the huge structure was built in 1878 to connect Nottingham and Derby via the Friargate Line. 

One of only two surviving wrought iron viaducts remaining in the UK, the 433-metre-long structure is a marvel of Victorian engineering. 

The viaduct reopened to walkers and cyclists in 2022 and is now maintained by The Friends of Bennerley Viaduct.