A Walk up Whernside.

After being dragged ( almost kicking and screaming πŸ˜‰ ) up Ingleborough (one of the Yorkshire Three Peaks) , I actually do now feel compelled to conquer the other two.

So on Sunday , Whernside was our destination. At 736 m ,Whernside is the highest of the three. The weather didn’t look to promising as we made our way by car over to Ingleton. Cloudy, drizzly and blustery, the conditions were certainly not reminiscent of the hot sunny day we climbed nearby Ingleborough.

We parked near Ribblehead Viaduct , which is a popular starting point for the walk. Happily there is plenty of roadside parking there. We donned our waterproofs and met our friends , including my 6 year old god daughter Bronte, all set to climb her 3rd peak. Before her 7th birthday!

Ribble Head Viaduct.

The impressive Ribblehead Viaduct was completed in 1874. Its twenty four arches made for a stunning start to our ten mile circular walk.

Ribble Head Viaduct.

We followed the Settle to Carlisle Railway for some way , passing a railway hut and an abandoned railway house.

Blea Moor Railway Hut.

I always keep an eye out for wildlife on any walk, so it was lovely to see lots of clumps of foxgloves and hear the melodic calls of curlews. We even heard a cuckoo. πŸ™‚

Force Gill Waterfall.
Blea Moor Tunnel.

So far, so good. The walk had been pretty easy so far. The weather wasn’t sure what it was doing though. Black clouds were soon upon us and more blustery showers as we started the gradual climb to the summit. But then a peek of blue sky, and I for one, was to warm to keep my jacket on!

Greensett Tarn.

A resting point ( Hurrah!) gave us lovely views of a small mountain tarn. We wondered what would live in such an isolated place…..


And then it was a yomp up to the Trig Point. To me , walking up Whernside was lots easier than our previous of the Three Peaks, Ingleborough. Our friend D had chosen the most comfortable route, a gradual ascent that included stone slab steps and an almost level path. The weather too, was a lot cooler.

Trig Point. We made it !

At the summit of Whernside , we met a few more walkers all pleased to have made it to the top. We ate a packed lunch and there was even homemade liver cake for the dogs. Thanks Fiona!

The descent with Ingleborough in front of us.

From the top we had great views of both Ingleborough and Pen Y Ghent, as well as Ribblehead, and even towards the Sea. We walked across the top of the mountain and then started our steep descent. I was thankful we hadn’t taken this route up! Still, a few of us did end up on our bums. πŸ™‚

Looking back towards Whernside.

The longest part of our walk, was probably the journey back to Ribblehead, which passes through a couple of farms and wild flower meadows.

Bunk Barn Accomodation.
Sheep near a rocky cave that the girls discovered.
Bel the Bedlington looking towards Ribblehead.

Once back at the viaduct we stopped to admire the stone that commemorates the builders who restored the railway bridge in the 1990s, as well as the Navvies who toiled to constuct it, a century earlier.


So, time to celebrate! We drove a couple of miles along the road to the cosy shelter of The Old Hill Inn near Ingleton.


Bronte and her friend Tabby enjoyed chocolate brownies and the rest of us tucked into a delicious Apricot Frangipane tart. 😁

Apparently if you are skinny enough to shimmy through the spokes of the giant cartwheel above, you are skinny enough to go pot holeing. Umm I’ll stick to eating cake. πŸ˜‰

Congratulations to Bronte, Tabby and Fiona who on this day walked up their third and final of the Three Peaks! I’m sure they will now be aiming to climb all three in one day. 😁. As for me, next stop Pen Y Ghent, so watch this space….

32 thoughts on “A Walk up Whernside.”

  1. Looks like a good walk with some great scenery but not something I would do. I’ll walk up a hill if it’s part of the route to somewhere I’m going and there’s no alternative but not ‘because it’s there’ or ‘because everyone else does’. I encountered one on a walk last Monday while on Anglesey but went round it rather than go up over the top πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    1. I am normally exactly the same as you Eunice. Really not a fan of hills! But bizarrely, the fact that we have done two of the three peaks, makes me want to complete them. Its a challenge I guess, and made more enjoyable by doing the walks with friends. My ideal walk is definitely flat, around a lake or reservoir or by the sea. Xx

  2. Well done you! The views from the top of the three peaks is a wonderful one πŸ˜‰ And, the packed lunch at the top of the hill always tastes the best!

    1. It was windy but not as bad as on your walk. Just Pen y ghent to do now. And you have Ingleborough? Hopefully in the next few weeks. 😊

      1. Yes I do – we did plan to do it next week but might wait until autumn now for cooler weather 😊
        Good luck with Pen-y-Ghent!

  3. Oh Shazza, you’ve done it again, making me want to come home. I’ve seen Ribblehead several times & actually been over it, but never under it or done of the Three Peaks walks, although hubby has, being born & bred in Leeds. I love the photo of The Beck with its cobbled weirs. Hope the good weather keeps up & you can do lots more walks & days out. Thanks for sharing & take care.

  4. This walk looks great, I might just have to bookmark this page and steal your route one day πŸ™‚

    Well done on conquering another peak so soon! And how great that Bronte has done all three now. Once you’ve done Pen Y Ghent, you and her could do the three peaks challenge together πŸ˜‰

  5. That was very impressive achievement for all of you. I have never seen the viaduct- tis one of my must do one day things. Good luck with the next walk.

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