Whernside Walk

The Route

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Start Point: Ribblehead Viaduct Car Park, Blea Moor Road, Carnforth, LA6 3AS

Finish Point: Same as start point (circular walk)

Distance: Approximately 8.4 miles (13.4 kilometers)

Walk Description

Starting Point: Ribblehead Viaduct Car Park, Blea Moor Road, Carnforth, LA6 3AS

Key Highlights:

  • Ribblehead Viaduct: Begin your walk at this iconic Victorian structure with 24 arches, offering stunning views of the surrounding landscape.
  • Whernside Summit: At 736 meters, Whernside is the highest of the Yorkshire Three Peaks, providing panoramic views including Morecambe Bay, the Lake District, and the Howgill Fells.
  • Force Gill Waterfall: A scenic spot along the ascent, perfect for a brief rest and photos.
  • Bleamoor Signal Box: One of the most remote signal boxes in the country, offering unique views of the railway and the surrounding area.

End Point: Ribblehead Viaduct Car Park

Practical Information

Distance: Approximately 8.4 miles (13.4 kilometers)

Difficulty: Moderate – suitable for most walkers, but includes steep sections and uneven terrain.

Terrain: Mixed terrain including gravel paths, rocky trails, and grassy fields. The paths can be steep and slippery, especially in wet conditions.


  • By Car: Parking is available at the Ribblehead Viaduct Car Park.
  • Public Transport: Ribblehead Station is nearby, accessible by train from Leeds or Carlisle, making it easy to reach the start point without a car.

Tips for Walkers

Footwear: Sturdy, waterproof walking boots are essential due to the rocky and sometimes muddy paths.

Supplies: Bring water, snacks, and possibly a packed lunch. There is limited opportunity to refill water along the route.

Navigation: Carry a map (OS Explorer OL2) and a compass, and know how to use them. A GPS device can be useful but should not be solely relied upon.

Weather: Be prepared for changing weather conditions, even in summer. Carry waterproof clothing, warm layers, and a hat and gloves.

The Whernside walk is a rewarding and scenic circular route starting and ending at Ribblehead Viaduct.

This 8.4-mile walk includes a climb to the highest peak in Yorkshire, offering breathtaking views from the summit. The route is well-marked and features several points of interest, including the Force Gill Waterfall and the Bleamoor Signal Box.

It's a perfect day out for those looking for a moderate hike in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales National Park!

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