• Whernside

    The ascent of Whernside from Ribblehead isessentially a ramble completed alongside hundreds of others and that is certainly true today- a Bank Holiday weekend when the Hawes to Ingleton road is thronged with holiday makers making the most of the late Summer sun.

    From the road, the great monolith of Ribblehead viaduct is that most unusual of structures - one that poistively enhances the natural environment! The route hugs the eastern edge of the Settle to Carlisle railway past Blea Moor signal box and crosses just as the railway enters a tunnel to pass beneath the moor. Here a unique feature was required to pass a stream over the railway in an elegant aquaduct that is so often missed by the hundreds of tramping feet.

    The route onward reaches the county boundary fence before curving gently upwards to the long 'whaleback' ridge. Views abound of the other two of the collective 'Yorkshire three peaks' and across Dentdale to The lonely Howgill fells and south into Lonsdale. Truly a place of awe and wonder.

    The descent is hard on the knees having been stepped by infilled York slabs to restrain the continual erosion and returns beneath the great viaduct to the starting point.

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