Viaduct Exhibition

Saturday 15th October. East Midlands Cycle Forum, Chesterfield.

The plans to bring the viaduct back into as a cycling and walking trail is being warmly welcomed by the cycling community. Sir Dave Brailsford has publicly supported the proposals. The Bennerley Viaduct project will have a stand at this event and we will be delivering a short presentation. If you are a cyclist, this event is worth supporting. Continue reading “Viaduct Exhibition”


Viaduct Presentation

Monday 10th October The Gate Inn, Awsworth. 7:30 pm

As part of Awsworth’s Neighbourhood Plan, Kieran Lee will be delivering a presentation of he history of the Bennerley viaduct and future plans. Kieran plans to incorporate original sound recordings and old images from the Great Northern railway into the presentation. The talk will tell the story of the survival of our iron giant and the exciting plans for the future. Booking not required.

Does your group want a presentation?

If you belong to a group and feel a presentation about the viaduct would be of interest, then please get in touch with me and I will arrange a bespoke presentation for your group.

Walking for Health Training Event

Walking for Health Training.

Six people have expressed an interest in receiving training from Walking for Health. This is  a free training opportunity which will enable you to lead walks under the Walking for Health Scheme. The training will be for a full day. We are wanting the Bennerley Viaduct area to be as accessible as possible for all walkers. If you are interested in receiving training, please contact me. 

Training Event

Workday Volunteer Training Event. October 8th.

A workday training event will be held on October 8th. A provisional venue has been booked in Ilkeston but as yet the venue is not confirmed. The event is predominantly a classroom based day but with some outdoor practice. The course is designed to provide the necessary training for those who may want to lead work parties of volunteers at some stage in the future. The session will be led by the Sustrans Volunter Programme Manager, Katie Aartse-Tuyn. There is no charge for the training. This would be ideal for anyone who at some future stage may wish to take charge of the organisation of a workday. For booking or further details, contact Kieran on

Viaduct Exhibition

Celebration at Victoria Park, Ilkeston. Sunday 2nd October 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Sunday October 2nd. The Friends of Bennerley Viaduct will have a stand in Victoria Park, Ilkeston. The event is to celebrate the restoration of Victoria park and celebrate its existence as an important green space. If any of the Friends of Bennerley viaduct would like to help on the stall, please let me know.

Viaduct Workday

Saturday September 17th: Meet at the Bridge Inn, Cotmanhay. at 10:00 am.

The structural assessment of the viaduct will commence on the week commencing Sept 19th. This structural survey is a critical component of the project. The workparty’s main task is ensuring that all the pier bases, piers and underside of the structure  can be inspected by the engineers and that the entire length of the underneath of the viaduct is accessible. Most of the piers have now been cleared but the wet summer has resulted in a lot of secondary vegetation regrowing and covering some pier bases that had previously been cleared.. The work will primarily be centred around vegetation removal. If you would like something a bit gentler, the paths around the viaduct will always welcome a bit of litter picking. come for an hour, a morning or a full day. Forget the gym – get some exercise in the fresh air under the viaduct. Tools and gloves  provided. All welcome. Contact Kieran for further details.