Whernside from Dent

  • The best walk up Whernside
  • Interesting tarns and approach to the summit ridge
  • 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. Dentdale itself is quiet and traditional, nothing much seems to have changed over the past 100 years. 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. The 3 tarns of Whernside are an added bonus and worth a closer look.

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 the largest of the Dales 30 Mountains


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
Places to Stay:


George & Dragon, Dent