Whernside is the highest mountain in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, standing at 736 metres above sea level. Avoiding the busy ‘3 Peaks’ route, we approach the mountain from the other side, taking a scenic route from Dentdale.
On this guided walk you will be in a small group of no more than six people plus your guide.
Starting from the small ‘picture postcard’ village of Dent with its narrow cobbled streets, we initially take a riverside path, and then head up onto moorland and onto Knoutberry Hill. On a clear day there are panoramic views from here down Dentdale, and we can explore the picturesque Whernside Tarns.
We then continue up the hillside to the summit of Whernside where we are likely to meet the crowds who who have walked up from the Ribblehead side of the mountain. If we are lucky we’ll get fabulous views across the valley to the other two ‘Yorkshire 3 Peaks’, being Ingleborough and Pen-y-Ghent, and also down to the famous Ribblehead viaduct.
Our return route to Dent is slightly longer as we head downhill and onto High Pike, then we pick up a green lane known as Occupation Road which skirts around the hillside with far reaching views down Dentdale and to the range of hills known as The Howgills in the distance.
The walk is just over 12 miles/20km with approx 830 metres of ascent. The route could be quite wet and boggy in places and does involve some rough ground.
Proper hiking boots and outdoor clothing are essential for this walk. Sorry no dogs. Young people under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Advance booking and payment required please via the website link.