Trig Point: Whernside - SD 738 814
Walked: 8th February 2011
Distance: 17 km (10.5 miles)
Time taken: 6 hours
Start: Dent Station
Finish: Ribblehead Station (catch the Settle and Carlisle Railway back)
Weather: Cold, clear and sunny - superb visibility.
Height gain: 650 metres
Summit Cairns: 736 metres
Route: From Ribblehead Station, park your car then catch the train to Dent Station (less than 10 minutes train ride), then walk back!
From Dent Station, I followed the road winding steeply down to Cowgill, then followed the valley road up thorugh Dentdale passing the Sportsman Inn to reach Bridge End Cottage. I then followed the path past Dent Head Farm and Blea Moor Tunnel (northern portal), before climbing steeply up through forest to emerge on Blea Moor, with its fascinating Air Shafts. I followed the path over Blea Moor (following the line of the tunnel beneath ground) down to reach the Aqueduct near Blea Moor Tunnel southern portal.
I then followed the clear path up passing Force Gill and then Greensett Tarn onto the summit ridge of Whernside. The views from the summit were superb. I continued along the clear path across the summit ridge before dropping steeply down to reach Bruntscar Farm, from where I followed paths and track back passing farms then beneath Ribblehead Viaduct back to Ribblehead.
OL2 map and compass required for this walk. Public footpaths and bridleways all the way.
Photos of the walk
These photos are in order, and the files are named. Copyright Mark Reid 2011