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Whernside
736m (2416ft)

The Southern Dales Area, The Yorkshire Dales, North Yorkshire, England

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.


Record Whernside as Bagged, Climbed & Conquered


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English Mountain
76th highest in England,
131st in England & Wales

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English Nuttall
95th highest in England,
162nd in England & Wales

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English Marilyn
25th highest in England,
513th highest in Great Britain

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English Trig Point (Pillar)

You can find Whernside & all the walks that climb it on these unique free-to-access Interactive Walk Planning Maps: (click/TAP to select)

The Yorkshire Dales National Park


1:25,000 scale OS Explorer Map (the ones with orange/yellow covers):

OL2 Yorkshire Dales - Southern & Western areas


1:50,000 scale OS Landranger Map (the ones with pink/magenta covers):

98 Wensleydale & Upper Wharfedale


See Whernside and the surrounding tops on our free-to-access 'Google Style' Peak Bagging Maps:

See Whernside and the surrounding tops on our downloadable PDF Peak Bagging Map:


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See the location of Whernside and all 5 walks that climb it on an interactive Google Map


You can walk to the top of Whernside by using any of these 5 easy‑to‑follow route maps:
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Walk ny109 Whernside from Ribblehead Viaduct

The Yorkshire Dales' Highest Point

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Vital Statistics:

Length: 7.75ml (12.5km)
Ascent:1,574ft (480m)
Time:4½ hrs
Grade:Walk Grade 5 Icon (Moderate)
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Walk ny332 The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge as a 3 day walk - Day 2 from Ribblehead

The Yorkshire Three Peaks - the civilised way

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Vital Statistics:

Length: 8.75ml (14km)
Ascent:1,772ft (540m)
Time:5 hrs
Grade:Walk Grade 6 Icon (Moderate)
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Walk c314 Whernside from Dent

The highest point in the Yorkshire Dales

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Vital Statistics:

Length: 12.25ml (19.5km)
Ascent:2,306ft (703m)
Time:6.70hrs
Grade:Walk Grade 7 Icon (Hard)
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Walk ny322 The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge as a 2 day walk - Day 2 from Horton in Ribblesdale

Do the Yorkshire Three Peaks over a weekend

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Vital Statistics:

Length: 14ml (22.5km)
Ascent:3,207ft (977m)
Time:8½ hrs
Grade:Walk Grade 8 Icon (Hard)
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Walk ny101 The Yorkshire Three Peaks from Horton in Ribblesdale

Easy walking - but very arduous, very long and with 3 big ascents

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Vital Statistics:

Length: 24ml (38.5km)
Ascent:5,297ft (1,614m)
Time:14 hrs
Grade:Walk Grade 9 Icon (Very Hard)

Other walkers who hiked, climbed, bagged and summited Whernside Fellow go4awalkers who have already walked, climbed, summited & bagged Whernside

Nina Adams walked up Whernside on August 28th, 2022 [from/via/route] Parked at the pub, Old Hill Inn, for lunch (Not great food) Ribblehead - Blea Moor - Force Gill - Grain Ing - Whernside - Broadrake Farm - Ivescar Farm - Ribblehead [with] Craig and George [weather] Cloudy Feels like 18.3° 4 kph WNW wind 74% humidity

Sarah Moore climbed Whernside on July 30th, 2022 [from/via/route] Three Peaks [with] On my own - but thanks to Steve the Scouser...the 2 lads from Grimsby and the 4 guys who finished at the same time! [weather] Awful!!

Ruth Nolan bagged Whernside on June 27th, 2022 [from/via/route] Dent, Dales High Way, tarns [with] Solo [weather] Some clouds, light breeze, mostly bright with occasional shower

Keith Axell hiked Whernside on August 7th, 2021 [from/via/route] Three Peaks route anti-clockwise from Horton [with] Jeff Young [weather] Wet, windy & mild. No visibility near top up.

Carl Tillotson summited Whernside on August 8th, 2021 [from/via/route] route from Ribble Viaduct [with] June [weather] Broken cloud with occasional spittle of rain, windy.

Jeff Stott conquered Whernside on June 29th, 2021 [from/via/route] Ribblehead [with] Shell [weather] Good - Great walk. 1st mountain... Epic :D

David Hughes scaled Whernside on December 22nd, 2010 [with] DD DG Waz

Tony Halliday walked up Whernside on August 11th, 2020 [from/via/route] camped at Horton in ribblesdale but drove & parked near the viaduct started & ended walk here [with] sally halliday jimmy boo and George our 3 dogs [weather] drizzle to start with poor visability at summit but beautiful weather on way down - not too busy views not great due to cloud however a great days walking 2nd of the 3 peaks over 3 days

Andrew Flynn climbed Whernside on September 12th, 2020 [from/via/route] ny101 Yorkshire Three Peaks [with] Nicola [weather] Nice day. Bit windy.

Dave Gay bagged Whernside on July 30th, 2020 [from/via/route] Circular route from Ribblehead, up via Blea Moor & to the North. Returning by heading south along the ridge & dropping down to Broadrake & Ivyscar. [with] Nathaniel & Jessica [weather] Dry

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More Photographs & Pictures of views from, on or of Whernside

Whernside from Broadrake Farm

Whernside from Broadrake Farm

Photo: Colin Fawcett (6)

Limestone Pavement on way to Whernside

Limestone Pavement on way to Whernside

Photo: David Bentley (1)

Practising my ice-axe arrest technique Whernside in the snow

Practising my ice-axe arrest technique Whernside in the snow

Photo: Mike Knipe (226)

The path from Little Whernside to Great Whernside

The path from Little Whernside to Great Whernside

Photo: Christine Shepherd (692)

On Great Whernside summit

On Great Whernside summit

Photo: Neil Fretwell (4)

At the top of Ingleborough - with Whernside (left) and Pen-y-ghent (right) in the distance. The Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge Walk completed!

At the top of Ingleborough - with Whernside (left) and Pen-y-ghent (right) in the distance. The Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge Walk completed!

Photo: Helen Morris (1)

Ribblehead Viaduct with Whernside beyond

Ribblehead Viaduct with Whernside beyond

Photo: Wayne Hill (51)

The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge - Ingleborough from Whernside

The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge - Ingleborough from Whernside

Photo: William Ringwood (5)

Scar House Reservoir from Little Whernside

Scar House Reservoir from Little Whernside

Photo: Neil Fretwell (2)

Whernside (left), The Ribblehead Viaduct (centre) and Park Fell (right) from the summit of Ingleborough

Whernside (left), The Ribblehead Viaduct (centre) and Park Fell (right) from the summit of Ingleborough

Photo: James Russell (2)

Practising my ice-axe and crampon technique in the snow on Whernside

Practising my ice-axe and crampon technique in the snow on Whernside

Photo: Mike Knipe (222)

Ribblehead Viaduct with Whernside beyond

Ribblehead Viaduct with Whernside beyond

Photo: Phil Hart (2)

Church weekend away at Great Whernside

Church weekend away at Great Whernside

Photo: Martin Wardroper (1)

Rainbow over Little Whernside

Rainbow over Little Whernside

Photo: Christine Shepherd (690)

Me on the top of Whernside

Me on the top of Whernside

Photo: Jane Barber (1)

The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge - Pen-y-ghent from Whernside

The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge - Pen-y-ghent from Whernside

Photo: William Ringwood (4)

On the summit of Whernside in the snow

On the summit of Whernside in the snow

Photo: Mike Knipe (223)

Dentdale with Whernside (left) Calf Top (centre) and Aye Gill Pike (right) from Great Knoutberry Hill (Widdale Fell)

Dentdale with Whernside (left) Calf Top (centre) and Aye Gill Pike (right) from Great Knoutberry Hill (Widdale Fell)

Photo: Dick Rix (2)

Whernside summit during the Yorkshire Three Peaks of Challenge Walk

Whernside summit during the Yorkshire Three Peaks of Challenge Walk

Photo: Kevan Wilkinson (2)

Park Fell (left), Simon Fell and Ingleborough (right) from the summit of Whernside while doing the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge Walk in the snow

Park Fell (left), Simon Fell and Ingleborough (right) from the summit of Whernside while doing the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge Walk in the snow

Photo: Tony Whitaker (1)


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