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Great Whernside from Grassington

A moderate walk (mountain (above 600m)) in national park Yorkshire Dales starting and finishing in North Yorkshire, England, about 14.90km (9.26 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 6:00h. It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 546m (1791ft)
Descent 523m (1715ft)
Max. Elevation 690m (2263ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 1069m (3506ft)
Kettlewell, Skipton, North Yorkshire, England
Distance 14.90km
Duration ~6:00h
Created by Anonymous Walker on 27 Sep 2012
Great Whernside is one of the highest peaks in the Dales, and the highest around the eastern side. Lying right on the park boundary, it's best enjoyed by walking in from Grassington, allowing you to enjoy the sights of Wharfedale as you climb. Several buses to Grassington, and the Dalesbus connects Kettlewell with Grassington - or you can walk back along the Dales Way for a very long day out.

Walk Functions


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Walk Map

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Take the bus to Grassington and walk up the High Street. At the top of the hill, take the left road at the crossroads - marked 'the Dales Way'.
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Follow the road to the end, then just before the dairy follow the Dales Way up a path. This leads out to the fields.
About 0.52 km (~0.32 miles) from
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Leave the Dales Way at this point and take the footpath heading diagonally uphill - there's a style on the right-hand wall.
About 0.85 km (~0.53 miles) from
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Keep climbing until you reach the old farm buildings at Bare Ho, including a disused bath!
About 1.60 km (~0.99 miles) from
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At Kelber, you meet a larger track suitable for vehicles. Turn left here, losing a bit of height.
About 1.90 km (~1.18 miles) from
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Where the track curves around, take the footpath heading north.
About 0.93 km (~0.58 miles) from
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A rough path leads through the boggy moorland over Conistone Moor and towards Great Whernside.
About 1.75 km (~1.09 miles) from
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Leave the path and veer up towards the slopes of Great Whernside. Make sure you veer off before Hag Dyke, where the drop is very steep (take care in foggy weather).
About 2.51 km (~1.56 miles) from
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Once you reach the ridge, simply follow it to the summit cairn.
About 1.10 km (~0.68 miles) from
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A path runs directly downhill from the summit, straight towards Kettlewell. On the way, you pass the hostel at Hag Dyke, run by scouts. It's one of the highest in the UK.
About 1.28 km (~0.8 miles) from
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Drop down into the village of Kettlewell. There are good pubs - the bus back along the dale leaves directly opposite - and a great village store which still sells penny chews in little white paper bags. Just like the good old days.
About 2.03 km (~1.26 miles) from

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