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Whernside - The Quiet Way

Yorkshire Dales National Park

The Dales at its finest - old ways & new ways

Hiking Difficult

25 km
953 m
953 m
6-7 hrs
Low Point
180 m
High Point
733 m
Whernside - The Quiet Way Map

Whernside is one of the must-climb peaks in the Dales.


Traditionally, the route is taken from the famous arcing Ribblehead Viaduct, past Blea Moor and onto the ridge. Spectacular for sure - but approaching that masse from a different route gives a whole new perspective on the 726m peak.

Starting at Ibbeth Peril Cave on the River Dee (worth a look whatever the weather - but don't go in), this walk gets the kilometres in your legs and ushers in some dramatic scenery too.

You cross a wildflower meadow (awesome sight in May and June), climb up to an old packhorse route which took freight across the Dales and beyond hundreds and years ago (you can still see the tracks) before climbing further to the epic ridge of Whernside itself.

It can be busy here, but you've had most of the route to yourself so far. Descent is quickly made - and you leave the Yorkshire Three Peaks walkers to head to the gothic Ribblehead Viaduct, with remnants of the shanty towns that housed the navvies that made it, before following the route back to the Craven Old Way (past a hidden waterfall - well worth a scoot off route) and joining solitude before you head back to your start point.

A masterpiece of the Dales - with the finest views in England!



Hiking trails where obstacles such as rocks or roots are prevalent. Some obstacles can require care to step over or around. At times, the trail can be worn and eroded. The grade of the trail is generally quite steep, and can often lead to strenuous hiking.

High Exposure

3 out of 4

Some trail sections have exposed ledges or steep ascents/descents where falling could cause serious injury.


2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

all year round


  • Historical
  • Picturesque
  • Summit Hike
  • Wild flowers
  • Water features

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