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Whernside - one of Yorkshire's Big Three

A moderate walk (mountain (above 600m)) in national park Yorkshire Dales starting and finishing in North Yorkshire, England, about 14.50km (9.01 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 5:45h. It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 513m (1683ft)
Descent 550m (1804ft)
Max. Elevation 730m (2395ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 1063m (3487ft)
Dent Station
Ribblehead Station
Distance 14.50km
Duration ~5:45h
Car Free Walks TeamCreated by Timwoods on 14 May 2009
Whernside is one of Yorkshire's Three Peaks, along with Ingleborough and Pen-y-ghent. It's a fine walking day out and, thanks to the Settle-Carlisle railway, you can go up one side and down the other - surely the best way to tackle any mountain! This walk starts at tiny Dent station - the highest mainline station in England - and finishes by heading underneath the spectacular Ribblehead viaduct. The Dalesbus also runs to both stations: www.dalesbus.org

Walk Functions


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Is there a finer place to start a car-free walk than Dent station? Nestled deep in Dentdale, it is right in the heart of some wonderful scenery. You can even stay here: www.dentstation.co.uk for more details. From the staion, follow Coal Road downhill into Dentdale.
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Cross the bridge over the River Dee and pick up the Dales Way heading west.
About 0.76 km (~0.47 miles) from
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At Laithbank, leave the Dales Way and pick up the footpath heading uphill on to the northern slopes of Whernside. This soon joins a bridleway that contours round to the eastern side of Whernside.
About 2.87 km (~1.78 miles) from
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Veer off the bridleway onto the track which heads on to the flattish summit of Whernside. Cross the wall and use it to lead you on to the summit.
About 3.36 km (~2.09 miles) from
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The top! At 736m, it just pips Pen-y-ghent and Ingleborough as the highest point in Yorkshire. Continue along the path onto the southern slope.
About 1.58 km (~0.98 miles) from
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Just below Low Pike, a path heads sharply down the eastern slope of Whernside towards the hamlet of Bruntscar.
About 1.14 km (~0.71 miles) from
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Pick up the bridleway heading northeast from Bruntscar. At Ivescar, take the footpath that heads east, towards the imposing spectacle of the Ribblehead Viaduct.
About 1.43 km (~0.89 miles) from
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This fine structure - 24 arches that reach 32m high and span 402m across - is a great finish to the walk. Hopefully the sun will be setting as you walk underneath it, for the perfect photo of Whernside back through the arches.
About 2.18 km (~1.35 miles) from
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From the viaduct, it's a short trot to the station. And should you have to wait for a train, the nearby Station Inn is the perfect place to while away the time...
About 0.85 km (~0.53 miles) from

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