A fantastic destination for the UK bucket list is the Ouse Valley Viaduct.
Planning UK day trips is all part and parcel of our weekends now and we’re loving finding new places to explore. We stumbled across the Ouse Valley Viaduct in West Sussex during an Instagram scroll and immediately saved down the location. Situated between Haywards Heath and Balcombe, it was less than 2 hours away from where we live in London and thanks to our new-found love for UK adventure, we were up for the trip.
Originally built in 1838 to carry the London to Brighton line over the River Ouse, this structural marvel reminded us of the Nine Arch Bridge we saw when visiting Ella during our Sri Lanka travels. Ouse Valley Viaduct is rather famous to the locals and a real architectural masterpiece to those who travel to visit it. Eleven Million bricks make up the thirty-seven arches that stretch to form the length of the viaduct so you can imagine how impressive this unique design is close up.
When exploring the UK it’s the weather that can always add a certain uneasiness to a trip, however, we were lucky it stayed dry allowing us to enjoy our escape from the city. We made the journey down by car which is most probably the easiest way to get there as it’s located off country lanes and feels in the middle of no-where. There is a gravel lay-by just opposite the bridge with enough space for a handful of cars so if you’re lucky enough you can nab a spot there.
Always be aware of the weather when you pay this spot a visit, if it’s a rainy day then be mindful of the muddy farmers field you have to walk through to get underneath the bridge. If it’s a sunny day, well then, all you need is a picnic and your camera!