Whernside from Dent

  • An interesting route up Whernside
  • Dent is as yet unspoilt
  • Highest mountain in Yorkshire

I prefer this route up Whernside to the more traditional walk from Ribblehead. For a start the village of Dent is full of character; the cobbled streets and old pubs makes this one of the best villages in the Dales. The route up is quiet following natural paths and thankfully avoiding the purgatory of the paved concourse that forms much of the route up from Ribblehead. Dentdale is the lost valley of the Dales, less famous than its neighbours but significantly quieter and more traditional. As a result some of the road walking is really no concern with any traffic at a premium and the views excellent.

Whernside itself (at 2,370′) is the highest mountain in Yorkshire and has the appearance of a whale’s back; the walking on the ridge therefore being very good and also totally safe as the hill is almost devoid of any rock faces. From the road in Deepdale there is a choice to be made; the path leading along the valley floor is more interesting than following the road but can be wet and at times rather loses its way whilst Occupation Way to the west crosses the flanks of Great Coum and leads directly in to Dent. All rather weather and fitness dependant but the road is quiet and certainly the easiest.

Whernside is one of the Dales 30 Mountains

Recommend: For a quicker visit to the summit park further up the valley on Dyke Hall Lane and return via the lower valley path.

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Whernside from Dent map

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL2 Yorkshire Dales South & West.Buy Map
Start Point: SD 705870. There is a large car park to the west of the village. If the short route is taken there is some limited parking at 723860.
Height to Climb: 567 ms (1,860 feet)
Terrain: Whernside is notoriously wet but the west side has little erosion as it is less climbed and therefore better underfoot.
Eating & Drinking: Dent has a good choice of pubs and tea shops. The George and Dragon is home to one of most remote breweries in the country.
Similar Walks Nearby: Upper Dentdale & Great Knoutberry Hill
Sedbergh to Dent & back
The Lonely Howgills
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George & Dragon, Dent