Whernside – May 2013

Caton-Moor Today we were treated to some rare sunny skies along with excellent visibility, but I couldn’t decide where to go… Bowland, Dales, Lakes, I just couldn’t make a decision.

So I just headed towards Chapel Le Dale thinking we’d make a decision when we got there. On arrival it seemed natural that we should just walk Whernside.

As always it seemed we were a little unprepared, no proper paper maps, no compass etc – which is not really recommended, but as alway we made it back safely. (If you are reading this for research, buy a map and learn how to use it, and know where you are going before you set off, and tell someone where you are going!)

Whernside is the highest of the Yorkshire Dales three peaks at 736m (2,415 ft) but it seems to be the least fashionable of the three. This is a shame because I actually preferred it to Pen-y-ghent which we walked in April.

We’ve not successfully completed Ingleborough yet due to bad weather on our first attempt early April… This is next on our hit list. And here’s hoping that we’ll get a chance to do the full three peaks challenge soon.

Walk Details

Grade Moderate
Distance 8 miles
Time 4 hrs
Low Point Around 300 metres
High Point 736 metres
Terrain Good tracks
Bogs None
Dogs No dog with us but lots of dogs enjoying the walk



Approximate route
Actual route from GPX Google Earth
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Whernside – wiki
My Pennines route

Along this route

Chapel Le Dale, Ribblehead, Gauber Little Pasture, Winterscales, Turf Hill, Blue Clay Ridge, Little Dale Beck, Smithy Hill, Force Gill, Slack Hill, Grain Ings, Cable Rake, Cable Rake Top, Whernside, Skelside, Bruntscar, Ivescar, Gunnerfleet Farm, Ribblehead Viaduct.
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