The Friends of Bennerley Viaduct (The FoBV) are dedicated to restoring, conserving and celebrating Bennerley Viaduct. We have achieved Our Project goal of reopening Bennerley Viaduct to the public after 54 years of closure. Please support us by becoming a Friend of Bennerley Viaduct or by donating to Our Project. Subscribe to our email bulletin to be kept up to date with our latest news.

Bennerley Viaduct is a grade 2* listed railway viaduct built in 1877 by the Great Northern Railway Company. At over quarter of a mile long, it is the longest wrought iron viaduct in the country. It straddles the River Erewash connecting Ilkeston in Derbyshire with Awsworth in Nottinghamshire. The “Iron Giant” has been described by the World Monuments Fund as being an “extraordinary monument” meriting inclusion in the 2020 World Monuments Watch, one of only 25 sites chosen globally. Historic England consider the viaduct is a “stunning example of the genius of British Engineering”

The Friends of Bennerley Viaduct are dedicated to give our “Iron Giant” a new lease of life. Working in partnership with the owners, Railway Paths Limited, an inspiring community driven project has brought the iconic structure back to life. Bennerley Viaduct has now re-opened to the public following fifty years of closure and a £1.4 million investment.



The viaduct is situated between Cotmanhay and Awsworth, near the town of Ilkeston, at Ordnance Survey grid reference SK 473 438. Find out more about how to get there and enjoy the viaduct on our Visiting the Viaduct page.

Public access to the Bennerley Viaduct for leisure purposes is by permission of the owners, Railway Paths Ltd. The Friends of Bennerley Viaduct are keen that the public should have access for recreation purposes in a safe and sensible manner.

The viaduct is a former railway bridge built nearly 150 years ago. Its new deck is 60 feet above the ground and is accessed by a sloping path at one end and steps at the other. There are exposed iron troughs on the deck which should be avoided as they are very slippery when wet.

Cyclists should only use the eastern steps and wheel troughs for access and exit if they are confident in their abilities to do so. People using the viaduct do so entirely at their own risk. No liability can be accepted in these circumstances.