Whernside is the highest point in The Yorkshire Dales National Park and the highest point in the county of North Yorkshire.
The summit of Whernside is marked by an Ordnance Survey Trig Point.
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Fellow go4awalkers who have walked up, climbed & bagged Whernside
Kevin Foster walked up Whernside on August 16th, 2017 [from/via/route] Great Coum via the 'Occy' (Occupation)road. [with] Henry [weather] Sunny morning becoming increasingly cloudy then light rain later on. - What a great mountain Whernside is! The least popular of the Three Peaks but I have to say my personal favourite simply because of the view. The drop off from Great Coum was very steep to reach the 'Occy' road. The first time I walked this green lane it was dry and an absolute pleasure but now it's badly rutted and today was virtually underwater. My two trekking poles came in handy though...puddle jumping. The ascent from the Kingsdale road looks quite intimidating but it turns out to be not as bad as it looks and then suddenly you are there at the summit trig point and looking down at Ribblehead viaduct and the other two peaks. What a stunning view! As great a mountain as Ingleborough is you don't get the same view looking across at Whernside. The descent was very long and surprisingly boggy in parts considering that the underlying stone was permeable limestone. A word of warning here about the finish to the walk. The described route via Braida Garth is across some very rough cow pasture and the 'path' is in dreadful condition and unclear at times. If I did this route again I would take the diversion to Thornton Force waterfall and then follow the road along Kingsdale back to your parked car.
John Gough climbed Whernside on August 17th, 2014 [from/via/route] Ribblehead viaduct [with] Grandsons Josh and Cam [weather] Fair
Mark Davidson bagged Whernside on September 14th, 2003 [from/via/route] Walk route map ny101 The Yorkshire Three Peaks from Horton in Ribblesdale:- Horton in Ribblesdale, Pen-y-ghent Cafe, Brackenbottom, Gavel Rigg, The Pennine Way, Pen-y-ghent, Hunt Pot, Hull Pot, Whitber Hill, God's Bridge, Brow Gill Beck, Nether Lodge, River Ribble, Lodge Hall (or Ingman Lodge), Ribblehead, Blea Moor, Whernside, Broadrake Farm, Chapel-le-Dale, Braithwaite Wife Hole, Ingleborough, Pen-y-ghent Cafe, Horton in Ribblesdale [with] Mike [weather] Lovely sunny day - good job too
Darin Torrance hiked Whernside on May 7th, 2017 [from/via/route] Horton
Chris Faulkner summited Whernside on June 14th, 2015 [from/via/route] 3 Peaks [with] Michelle chandler [weather] Dry
Robert Shaw walked up Whernside on May 21st, 2009 [from/via/route] Traditional 3 peaks challenge route anti clockwise. [with] Steve Capron, Adam Shaw, Simon Bennett, Adam Warbrick. [weather] Cold but clear, occasional hail showers/ - 9 hours dead for the challenge.
Craig Lewis climbed Whernside on August 29th, 2016 [from/via/route] from Penny-y-ghent [with] Malcolm [weather] Early drizzle then sunny from 10:30
Ian Barker bagged Whernside on June 15th, 2008 [from/via/route] Ribblehead viaduct [with] Peter Godfrey - 3 Peaks Challenge
Elaine Grayson hiked Whernside on July 3rd, 2016 [from/via/route] yorkshire three peaks [weather] sunny and windy - difficult descent
Janet Wells summited Whernside during June, 2012 [with] William
Jon Dodsley walked up Whernside on September 15th, 2015 [from/via/route] Yorkshire 3 peaks [with] RAF Benevelont fund charity [weather] Good - Full 3 peaks in 9 hours
Caroline Winter climbed Whernside on October 2nd, 2015 [from/via/route] RibbleHead CP, Gunnerfleet Farm, West Flank, summit, descent greensett past waterfalls, back to RH [with] Solo [weather] Foggy morning, slow to lift, warm humid day, no wind - Hoping to bag Whernside and another peak today but 5 hrs car journey left me reduced time. I reckon I've previously only slogged up steep track south of summit, and haven't rated the big W highly but after today's circuit it's become my favourite 3 Peak. Fab walk and due to walking clockwise, which I prefer only had people passing me going down to make way to Ingleborough on my ascent. Lost camera SIM card so only Phone photos ! This day is dedicated to my good friend who sadly passed away last Friday and to Chris who took me on many walks inc. 3 peaks- "to good times"
Tony Rogerson bagged Whernside on August 25th, 1997 [from/via/route] Three Peaks [weather] Sunny - Hot day
Catherine Fleming-Fisher has hiked Whernside [from/via/route] Viaduct [with] Leslie Gleaves and Anthony Fisher [weather] Fine - LOve walking this peak
Simon Boddy has summited Whernside [from/via/route] Horton-In-Ribblesdale [with] My Girlfriend [weather] Sunny, windy and cloudy with one rain shower and one hail stone shower
Rob Cheshire walked up Whernside on June 1st, 2015 [from/via/route] From Ribble Head, as part of a 2-day backpack around the Y3P. [with] Paul Corrigan [weather] Mostly dry and blustery, with sunny spells.
Mark Jackson climbed Whernside on December 26th, 2014 [from/via/route] Ribbleside, ny109 [weather] Misty, rain, snowed on summit
Michael Jones bagged Whernside on September 3rd, 2014 [from/via/route] Ribblehead Viaduct - SD 764 761 [with] Jane & Red [weather] Sunny & windy - Using Anquet mapping
Andrew Joss hiked Whernside on June 28th, 2014 [from/via/route] Horton-in-Ribblesdale [with] Barbara [weather] Sun, wind, rain - just the usual - What a fab walk - and great to see so many others on the way
David Congreave summited Whernside on May 30th, 2014 [from/via/route] Yorkshire 3 Peaks [with] Simon on the Streets and Kuta Outdoors
Kevin Bloor walked up Whernside on March 8th, 2014 [from/via/route] Horton in ribbledale [with] A group [weather] Cloudy, rain
David Noble climbed Whernside on March 9th, 2014 [from/via/route] Ribblehead Viaduct and down the Eastern slope [weather] Overcast and misty but no rain - No view from Summit as covered with cloud and mist
Kerry Wykes bagged Whernside during March, 2009 [from/via/route] Y3P [with] Friends [weather] Sunny and cold
Fleur Piercy hiked Whernside during July, 2011 [from/via/route] Ingleborough [weather] Rain and wind
Angela Moroney summited Whernside during 2013 [from/via/route] Three Peaks 8hrs :):):) [with] Captain Turner - Trainers make a huge difference.
James Brocken walked up Whernside on August 18th, 2012 [from/via/route] Ribblehead - Part of 3 Peaks
Sharon Grant climbed Whernside during July, 2013 [from/via/route] Ribblehead circular [with] Karen and Jordan [weather] Lovely sunny day
Darren Mortimer bagged Whernside on June 1st, 2013 [from/via/route] Horton in Ribblesdale [with] Dermot Palmer [weather] Sunny
Martin Leighfield hiked Whernside on June 19th, 2010 [from/via/route] Yorkshire 3 Peaks
Wyn Griffiths walked up, climbed & bagged Whernside on September 27th, 2013 [from/via/route] As part of 5 peaks in 3 days [with] Andy Hudspith, Chris Woodhouse & Debs jones [weather] Briliant
Pamela Seniore walked up Whernside on August 4th, 2013 [from/via/route] The Hill Inn, road to Viaduct, up and round the back & down steep dteps & back to The Hill Inn. [with] MB, Shirl & Guesty [weather] Very wet - Approx 4 hours - visibility rubbish! But we did see a steamy on route. Also bagged Whernside again as park of my 3 Yorky Peaks on 31/08/13. Did it in 9 hours 50 mins with sore feet & slight knee injury. Wasn't first lady to cross the line & got beat by Mr Guest....sorry Guesty but that ain't happening again! GREAT Time had with a GREAT Crew ;0)
Beth Webster climbed Whernside during May, 2012 [with] Hannah Phillips, Kate Phillips, Bev and Rick Phillips
Adrian Roberts bagged Whernside on August 18th, 2013 [from/via/route] Ribblehead
Martin Hobson hiked Whernside on June 21st, 2013 [from/via/route] Pen-y-ghent and The Ribblehead Viaduct [with] Peter Mckevitt [weather] Slightly overcast
Stephen Eddy summited Whernside on May 18th, 2013 [from/via/route] Chapel le dale Yorkshire 3 peaks [with] Mike Woodhouse, Tony Harris, Neil Whitehead [weather] Rain, mist - 10 hours 20 minutes
Gilbert Vasey walked up Whernside during June, 2012 [from/via/route] 3peaks fron HiR [with] JD and Mark [weather] Sunny on way up, hail on way down
David Norman climbed Whernside on June 24th, 2011 [from/via/route] Horton in Ribblesdale [with] Matthew Norman (Son) - Second leg of Three Peaks Challenge completed in 11 Hours 58 minutes
Phil Smith bagged Whernside on March 18th, 2009 [from/via/route] NY109
Andrew Heath hiked Whernside during June, 2006 [from/via/route] three peaks [with] Nick and David [weather] horizontal rain at the top
David Lane summited Whernside on December 16th, 2008 [with] Graham Hunt
Iain Taylor walked up Whernside on October 24th, 2011 [from/via/route] Horton in Ribblesdale (SD 80844 72499)
Adrian Bibby climbed Whernside on September 18th, 2011 [from/via/route] Start from Ribblehead Viaduct, walk to Chapel-le-Dale then over Whernside. return via Blea Moor.
Michael Mcandrew bagged Whernside on May 17th, 2009 [from/via/route] walk ny109 - Station Inn, Blea Moor Common, Blue Clay Ridge, Force Gill, Grain Ing, Greensett Moss, Whernside, Broadrake Farm, Ivescar Farm, Winterscales Beck, Gunnerfleet Farm, Ribblehead Railway Viaduct, Station Inn. [with] Debbie Pinder and Cameron McAndrew [weather] Wet and Windy
Simon Wilde hiked Whernside on September 8th, 2012 [from/via/route] Three peaks from Horton in ribblesdale [with] Nicola Wilde & mountain monkeys [weather] Misty morning turning into a beautiful sunny day - 11 hours 49 mins YES!!!!
Dave Gutcher summited Whernside during 1985 [with] Ernie Roper - Part of 3 Peaks Walk in under 12 hours
Fiona Smales walked up Whernside on May 1st, 2011 [from/via/route] from Pen y Gent [with] Lynda Shepherd [weather] Windy
Malcolm Broughton climbed Whernside on June 21st, 2008 [from/via/route] Horton in Ribblesdale [with] Scouts [weather] wet
Sam Badger bagged Whernside on July 9th, 2012 [from/via/route] Ribblehead Viaduct [with] Wicker Camp Thai Boxing Gym, training for the UK 3 Peaks on behalf of the British Heart Foundation [weather] Overcast with occasional showers and sunshine.
Richard Evered hiked Whernside on April 14th, 2012 [from/via/route] Horton in Ribblesdale [with] Rooney [weather] Cold and wet - Y3P marshall
Simon Neilson-Clark summited Whernside on July 1st, 2012 [from/via/route] Started at Ribblehead Viaduct and then along the railway up Whernside along the ridge to the trig point and then down the other side. Walked along the valley back to the car park [with] Alicia and James ( our first walk together ) He is very good [weather] Low cloud sadly turned to rain and hail at the top but sunny when we came down - James first walk with me He was great company all the way round I think he was a bit tired at the end as he fell asleep in the car on the way home
Christine Shepherd walked up Whernside during October, 2003 [from/via/route] From Horton in Ribblesdale as part of the Yorkshire Three Peaks [with] A group of walkers from St Georges Church, Leeds [weather] Bright Autumn weather. - Had done the three peaks twice before this but couldn't find the dates.
Ian Fraser climbed Whernside on September 19th, 2008 [with] Dunton work colleagues [weather] Fine, clear.
Ray O'Hara bagged Whernside on June 6th, 2012 [from/via/route] Ribblehead [weather] Lost in cloud practically the entire way. Very windy and frequently wet. - The walk was just a side show to watching the 'Diamond Jubilee Fellsman' working over the Settle & Carlisle line.
Dan Jackson hiked Whernside on May 26th, 2012 [from/via/route] Ribbleshead [with] Anna, Mark and Jayne Hamilton [weather] Sunny - Followed by a meal at the Station Inn
K. Roelofsen summited Whernside on May 15th, 2012 [from/via/route] Ribblehead [with] Alone [weather] Sunny
Stewart Rayner walked up Whernside on April 21st, 2012 [from/via/route] Start and finished from Ribblehead Viaduct [with] Mat and Ian (one old and one young ! very young !!!! [weather] weather was ok forecast showers but we managed to avoid any rain but it was very cloudy at the summit - It wasn't at all what I was expecting as this was our first venture into hill walking ! I was very glad when it was over, a very enjoyable day !!!
Lee Senior climbed Whernside on September 20th, 2008 [from/via/route] fourth time completing the Yorks Three peaks
Denis Mcallister bagged Whernside on April 7th, 2012 [from/via/route] Ribblehead [with] S/T
Steve Cobb hiked Whernside on April 22nd, 2011 [from/via/route] 3 peaks challenge [with] Phil B and the LGI helipad fund raisers [weather] Very sunny - Part of the 3 peaks challenge, charity walk to raise money for lighting on the Leeds General Infirmary rooftop helipad
Lynn Symonds summited Whernside on April 23rd, 2011 [from/via/route] Ribble viaduct [with] Sharon Haynes [weather] Sunny - Easter Sunday
Wayne Linley walked up, climbed & bagged Whernside on January 14th, 2005 [from/via/route] car park near pub [with] mike ogden [weather] overcast, snow on ground - mate was recovering from serious bike accident
Neil Wallbank walked up, climbed & bagged Whernside on July 9th, 2011 [from/via/route] Ribblehead [with] Katrina [weather] Good
Linda Mckeogh, Iain Jones, Adam Shewry, Jeanette Coward, Ian Simpson, Emma Morris, Matthew Chambers, Paul Booth, Victoria Bates, John Edwards, Jo White, Trevor Williams, Kenneth Mellor, Martyn Howarth, Louise Sandwith, Dave Milner, Chris Bramley, Wendy Sockett, Chris Turner, Elaine Kenny, Rob Barklamb, Sandra Rudd, Linda Walker, Les Wrightson, Matthew Thomas, Ben George, Steve Davenport, John Reynolds and Stephen Millington have also all walked, climbed & bagged Whernside.
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More Photographs & Pictures of views from, on or of Whernside. . . in no particular order
1. On the summit of Whernside in the snow
Photo: Mike Knipe (224)
2. The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge - approaching Whernside from Ribblehead
Photo: William Ringwood (3)
3. Ribblehead Viaduct with Whernside beyond
Photo: Wayne Hill (51)
4. One of the many streams that flow into Stone Beck on the lower slopes of Great Whernside
Photo: Neil Fretwell (6)
5. Practising my ice-axe arrest technique Whernside in the snow
Photo: Mike Knipe (225)
6. Whernside (left), The Ribblehead Viaduct (centre) and Park Fell (right) from the summit of Ingleborough
Photo: James Russell (2)
7. Mike (go4awalk.com editor) practising his crampons and ice-axe technique in the snow on Whernside
Photo: Mike Knipe (215)
8. Ribblehead Viaduct with Whernside beyond
Photo: Phil Hart (2)
9. Me on Great Whernside summit
Photo: Neil Fretwell (5)
10. Church weekend away at Great Whernside
Photo: Martin Wardroper (1)
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You can walk or hike Whernside with any of these 5 route maps:
Route Summary: - Horton in Ribblesdale, Railway Station, Train Journey, Ribblehead Railway Station, Ribblehead, Blea Moor, Whernside, Broadrake Farm, Ribblehead, Blea Moor, Whernside, Broadrake Farm, Chapel-le-Dale, Braithwaite Wife Hole, Ingleborough, Pen-y-ghent Cafe, Horton in Ribblesdale.
Route Summary: - Horton in Ribblesdale, Pen-y-ghent Cafe, Brackenbottom, Gavel Rigg, The Pennine Way, Pen-y-ghent, Hunt Pot, Hull Pot, Whitber Hill, God's Bridge, Brow Gill Beck, Nether Lodge, River Ribble, Lodge Hall (or Ingman Lodge), Ribblehead, Blea Moor, Whernside, Broadrake Farm, Chapel-le-Dale, Braithwaite Wife Hole, Ingleborough, Pen-y-ghent Cafe, Horton in Ribblesdale.