Whernside is the highest of the Dales 3 peaks challenge, its the easiest of the 3 peaks but quite a long circular walk.
PARKING-RIBBLEHEAD VIADUCT ROADSIDE PARKING NEAREST POST CODE LA6 3JF
MILES-8.4 MILES approx HEIGHT-736M
ASCENT-540m ascent approx
FACILITIES- NON ON ROUTE BUT LAY-BY NORMALLY HAS A ICE CREAM/HOT DRINK VAN
TERRAIN-Well marked route and easy to follow paths but beware, this is a mountain and weather can change very quickly so be prepared.
The Walk starts across the road on a path leading towards the viaduct, and leads past the viaduct to meet a grassy path and onto some steps, follow the path and you will come to a sign post for Whernside which you follow and continue ahead, you can see all of the Yorkshire 3 peaks from this point..
You pass a train signal box and in the distance a waterfall on your left.
The path is well marked and leads all the way to the summit, it was quite busy when we walked with a lot of people doing the 3 peaks and families out for the day.
I think this walk seems longer as you can see the summit throughout the whole walk and it always looks so far away. Ariya was only 3 so we took lots of snack stops.
The final section is a steeper incline on paved steps to the summit plateau which you follow to the trig point, it is a short steep section but once you reach the summit its a gentle walk along the top to the trig.
For the circular walk you continue past the summit as the path then starts to decline and drops very steeply downhill, heading through farmers fields towards the viaduct towards the starting point.
It is a steep descent initially, but once off the hill its a nice walk back to the car, although for little ones this section can be the longest 2 miles back, the walk is suppose to be 8.4 but checking our apps after we got back to the car it was over 10 miles.
Ariya managed really well on this walk, we did take lots of snack stops so with little ones i would add at least 2 hours on to the recommended time scale.
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