Starting from the impressive Ribblehead Viaduct this route takes you to the highest point in Yorkshire – Whernside. On a clear day there are great views out to the Howgills, the Lake District and Morecambe Bay.
The ascent of Whernside involves a long steady climb and a lovely high-level ridge. The descent is steeper with a final flat section through the fields to finish underneath the spectacular Ribblehead viaduct.
Distance: 12.5km (7.5 miles)
Parking: Ribblehead (LA6 3AS, SD 766 793)
Other transport: Ribblehead train station on the Settle to Carlisle line is close to the start
Refreshments: Station Inn and sometimes a tea wagon in the parking area
The National Park is a place where farmers and landowners work and people live. While you’re out and about in the countryside it’s important to respect the Countryside Code.
It’s brilliant to get out into the great outdoors but it is also vital that you stay safe. Find out what you need to do before heading out into the hills, and what to do in an emergency here. Make sure you are suitably equipped – remember as you go higher it gets colder and windier.
If you are planning to walk with your dog you can find out more about walking with your dog here and in the rest of the Yorkshire Dales.
You can download a PDF version of the walk here.