Today is our chosen day to climb Whernside, one of Yorkshire’s 3 peaks. The walk starts from the RIbblehead Station, passing the Ribblehead Viaduct, following the train line that was supposed to have been served by a steam train today but had been cancelled due to a Firemen strike then crosses over the railway and follows the valley along before climbing up towards Whernside.
The weather was looking pretty good for the climb but we could see the summit of Whernside being draped in low cloud from time to time so were unsure of what we would be able to see at the top. After a lunch stop we continued our climb to the summit which was not too hard going and the path is well made up of steps and paving slabs for most of the way. The closer we got to the top the lower the clouds came until it was difficult to see who was in front of you!
We reached the top with quite a bit of low cloud and mist spoiling our view but this did eventually clear enough to see the Ribblehead Viaduct below, the countryside further into the distance and the peaks of Pen-y-Ghent and Ingleborough.
The climb down was very steep and not such a good path, so we took our time, which seemed to take a very long time and I for one, was very relieved when we reached flat ground and the Ribblehead Viaduct again!
The walk in total was about a distance of 8 miles but the ascent and descent made it quite a strenuous walk but one worth doing.