Great Whernside

Great Whernside
OS Map : 98
Start : Kirkland Village
 Park in the village.
Summary : Kettlewell - Hag Dyke - Great Whernside - Minor Road (Cattle Grid) - Cam Head - Kettlewell
distance : 10.0km.
ascent : 470m.
time : 3hr. 50min.


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Great Whernside sits above the village of Kettlewell in the southern part of the Yorkshire Dales. An isolated but interesting hill. One peculiar feature is the minor road that climbs out of kettlewelland over to Coverdale crossing the col at some 500m. This could be an easy route up and down; but this route takes the hillwalker in a circular tour of the tops around Park Gill Beck. The summit is a trig point set amoungs the vast summit plateau. Great Whernside, not to be confused with Whernside sits above the viaalage of Keetlewell. This route follows the paths on the west of the hill amd makes for a great day walking.

Park in the village of Kettlewell and make your way east out out of the village

From the village make your way up Park Gill Beck and then turn lft on the path to Hay Tonge. Just after the track crosses a smll beck start the uphill climb by the obvious path. This takes the walker over hag Dyke and then directly to the trig point of Great Whernside. (3kms. 450m. 1hrs. 50min.)

Leave the summit in a northerly direction for around 1km. Here there is a path that descends to the minor raod. Follow this to the road and cattle grid. Cross the roadand follow the paths around the rocks and around to Cam Head. Now descend to the village via the good path that soon becomes a track all the way back to the village. (7kms. 20m. 2hrs. 10min.)