Address: Skelton, Cumbria


Skelton Mast History

The Skelton Transmitting Station near Skelton in Cumbria has a steel structure that is the highest structure in the UK. It is 365m tall (1198ft). As a contrast, the highest structure in Europe is the Warsaw radio mast (646m/2119ft), whilst the world’s highest is the Burj Khalifa, a tower building that reaches 828m/2717ft.

The Belmont Mast in Yorkshire was previously the tallest, but that was shortened in 2010.

The station was first used in 1943 during the Second World War. It was run by the BBC who, in 1997, sold to Merlin Communications International. In 2001 MCI were subsumed into Vosper Thorneycroft and in 2010, VT sold out to current owners Babcock International.

The station uses shortwave broadcasting.


Skelton Mast Visit

The mast is basically a very tall steel tower that is held in place by a host of steel ropes tethered to the ground. It’s located near the B5305 road, a couple of miles north of Skelton in Cumbria. It’s so tall that its easy to spot when miles away.

It isn’t open to the public. 

Travelling to it is fairly easy as it’s about 6 miles from the M6 and not far from the edge of the Lake District National Park, with Keswick being about 17 miles away. Keswick is a main town for the Lake District tourist community.

Scafell Pike is England’s highest mountain and can be climbed from a number of places. The most popular starting point at Wasdale Head is 61 miles away, whilst the second most popular at Seathwaite is 26 miles away.

The major city of Carlisle is 15 miles away, Penrith is 9 miles away and Bowness-on-Solway, the start/finish of the Hadrians Wall walk is 26 miles away.