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At 736 m (2,416 ft), Whernside dominates the northern edge of the Yorkshire 3 Peaks. With the impressive Ribbleshead viaduct below, it is one of the most popular photographic settings in the dales, especially when the old steam trains come chugging through!


The weather in the Yorkshire Dales can be very changeable as anyone who as ever visited before will know. Some people say that you can get all four seasons in one day! This can make planning what to bring on your visit a problem and if you are walking in the hills then an unexpected change in the weather can sometimes be quite dangerous if you arenít well-prepared.


We normally stop for a short lunch break at the bottom of the Ribbleshead Viaduct, near a convenient snack van! For those who have opted for our supported events, our van will bring fresh clothing, as you will have damp feet after the previous leg through the swamp.

After a gentle (but long) raising ramp, we join the old drystone wall up to the summit cairn. From this point a knee-jarring decent drops us back down on the main road, near a pub - but no stopping just yet!


Whernside forms a long flat topped ridge, running roughly north / south. The area under the mountain is like swiss cheese, riddled with caves which formed some 300 - 85 million years ago!


This area is a geography teachers delight! - You will almost certainly see bus loads of school children looking at glaciation, karst landscapes and erosion, as many text book photos are taken in this area!

Interesting Fact:

For those who don't believe lightning strikes twice.... On the evening of 13th December 1948, RAF Mosquito RL197 crashed on the slopes of Great Whernside. This tragedy mirrored the fate of the American B-17 bomber 'Dear Mom' which crashed a few hundred yards away and at the same altitude, just 3 years earlier.


OS Outdoor Leisure (1:25,000) no OL2
Harvey's Superwalker (1:25,000) Yorkshire Dales.

Tourist Information:

Pen-y-ghent Cafe, Horton in Ribblesdale
Station Inn, Ribblehead