Yorkshire Dales Walk
Great Whernside from Kettlewell
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Walk Route Description
The first point to make is that this is an ascent of Great Whernside and is not to be confused with Whernside near Ribblehead. Although not a member of Yorkshire's 'Big Three', it rises higher than Pen-y-ghent and offers an interesting route. The start is the village of Kettlewell in Wharfedale where there is a large pay and display car park (grid ref. SD968723) and some roadside parking.
To start this Yorkshire Dales walk head into the village along the main road to the bridge over Dowber Gill Beck. Do not cross the bridge but turn right and follow the lane west keeping the beck on your left. Continue past cottages and stay on the lane as it swings north to locate a signed footpath (grid ref 975726) leading to Providence Pot. This path follows the beck along a steep sided valley climbing steadily to reach Providence Pot, which is covered by a concrete cap and manhole cover! At this point turn back to face Kettlewell and you will see a clear path climbing more steeply out of the valley. Take this and continue to Hag Dyke Farm - now used as a Scout Centre.
From Hag Dyke the onward route is obvious in clear weather with the crags of Great Whernside visible across the fellside. The path leaves Hag Dyke and immediately climbs a rocky escarpment to reach a group of small cairns. From here the path is marked by posts as it crosses a flatter area that could be very squelchy area after rain before climbing a second escapement to reach the summit. In good weather the views are superb and include Wharfedale, Buckden Pike, Cross Fell in the Pennines, the Lakeland fells, the 'Big Three', Pendle Hill and Simon's Seat.
From the summit head north along a clear path that follows the Yorkshire Dales National Park boundary. Ignore secondary paths descending left instead staying on the ridge to reach a stile (grid ref. 998752). Cross the stile and descend along the wall following a clear path. This leads without problem to reach the road (grid ref. 986757) at Little Hunters Sleet. Cross the road and follow the track heading west. This leads into Starbotton Lane and a finger post (grid ref. 970753). Turn left down the track (Top Mere Road) to descend gently for just under two miles into Wharfedale and Kettlewell.
Other walks nearby
Walk 1277 Starbotton from Kettlewell - easy/mod - 5.0 miles/8.1 km
Walk 1294 Arncliffe from Kettlewell - moderate - 7.0 miles/11.4 km
Walk 1632 Arncliffe & Starbotton from Kettlewell - moderate - 7.0 miles/11.4 km
Walk 3301 Conistone to Grassington via the Dib - easy - 5.0 miles/8.1 km
Walk 3262 Copplestone Gate and Conistone Pie from Conistone - easy/mod - 7.0 miles/11.4 km
Walk 2423 Capplestone Gate & Conistone Pie from Conistone - easy/mod - 6.8 miles/11.1 km
Walk 1254 Yockenthwaite & Hubberholme from Buckden - moderate - 8.0 miles/13 km
Walk 1281 Buckden Pike from Buckden - moderate - 10.5 miles/17.1 km
Walk 2132 Buckden Pike and Hubberholme - moderate - 8.4 miles/13.7 km
Walk 1926 Pen-y-ghent & Littondale - hard - 16.0 miles/26 km
Recommended Books & eBooks
Trail and Fell Running in the Yorkshire Dales
Guidebook to 40 of the best trail and fell runs in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Ranging from 5 to 24 miles, the graded runs start from bases such as Ribblehead, Dent, Sedbergh, Malham and Grassington and take in the region's diverse delights, from castles and waterfalls to iconic mountains such as Whernside, Ingleborough and Pen Y Ghent.
Walking in the Yorkshire Dales: North and East
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Map and Compass
An instructive guidebook explaining map and compass techniques, to help readers enhance their outdoor experiences. Whether you are experienced in map-reading, or have never used a compass before, this guidebook will sharpen your skills and have you exploring new areas in no time. There are also tips for GPS and digital mapping technologies.