Yorkshire Dales

Route: Whernside

Area: Yorkshire Dales

Date of walk: 18th September 2015

Walkers: Andrew

Distance: 7.5 miles

Weather: Sunny spells, wonderful skies

The last time I’d been up Whernside was about 10 years ago, as part of a group tackling the Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge. On that occasion it was so windy that I recall crawling on hands and knees to the summit. It was time for another visit and hopefully on this occasion I’d be able to spend more time appreciating the scenery, rather than concentrating on completing the walk in one piece

I parked near the Ribblehead Viaduct, worth the journey in its own right, and followed a well made path past the viaduct and alongside the railway line. At the aqueduct I crossed over the line and started the climb up the flanks of Whernside

It was a very gentle ascent with no difficulties and made even easier thanks to a superb path. I walked along the summit ridge and after reaching the top carried on in the same direction for a while, before veering off the ridge to descend quite steeply back into the valley

I then walked under the viaduct and retraced my steps back to the start. The weather was perfect for the walk, with big skies which showed the spectacular landscape in its best light

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