Whernside

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Height: 736m (2415 feet)
Drop: 408m
Classification: Marilyn, Hewitt, Nuttall, County top

Whernside is the highest hill in North Yorkshire, and lies on the border with Cumbria. It is also one of the Yorkshire Three Peaks (usually the second to be walked).

It is most commonly ascended from Ribblehead Viaduct, which lies 2½ miles to the south-west.

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Summit

In common with many limestone hills in this area, the summit of Whernside consists of a long plateau, running from north to south.

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There are excellent views towards the Lakeland hills, and the west coast. On a clear day, with binoculars, Blackpool Tower can be seen. Nearby, there is an excellent view of Ingleborough.

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Walking routes

The usual route of the Three Peaks would see Whernside ascended from Ribblehead, and descended south to Bruntscar and Chapel-le-Dale. The ascent from Ribblehead is about six miles, while from Chapel-le-Dale the ascent is about four miles. A circular route linking the two routes via Haws Gill Wheel would provide a splendid ten-mile walk, with refreshments available at the Station Inn at Ribblehead and the Old Hill Inn at Chapel-le-Dale.

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As Whernside is situated within access land, it is possible to ascend and descend by numerous smaller paths.IMG_5518

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