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 as being an “extraordinary monument” meriting inclusion in the 2020 World Monuments Watch*, one of only 25 sites chosen globally.
*The World Monuments Fund‘s inclusion of Bennerley Viaduct in the 2020 World Monuments Watch recognises The Friends of Bennerley Viaduct as “Local stewards of a rare survivor of the Industrial Age”.
The Friends of Bennerley Viaduct are dedicated to giving this “Iron Giant” a new lease of life after 50 years of closure. We are working in partnership with the owners to restore the viaduct and bring it back into use as a walking and cycling trail. This exciting and innovative project has the potential to make a real difference to the Erewash Valley and its communities.
We wish to share the area’s rich industrial and natural heritage with locals and visitors alike. Our vision is to create an inspirational green space in this part of the Erewash Valley which showcases the magnificent Bennerley Viaduct as its iconic centrepiece.