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Name:Great Whernside
Hill number:2781
Height:704m / 2310ft
RHB Section:35B: The Central Pennines
Nuttall/Wainwright area:Yorkshire Dales - Southern Fells
County/UA:North Yorkshire (CoU)
Catchment:Ouse (York), Catchment Boundaries, Wharfe
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Simm, Hewitt, Nuttall,
Buxton & Lewis, Bridge, Clem
Grid ref:SE 00205 73915
Summit feature:very large cairn
Col:416m  SD788832  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 98
(1:25k) OL30S
Observations:rock 3m S is highest visible ground but higher ground may lie under cairn; trig point (SE 00202 73907) and rock 4m E are lower
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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 665 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
From Kettlewell solo gale force winds and no view leaving Buckden pike for another daycolinfielding11/06/2020
Walked from Kettlewell to summit of Great Whernside via Hag Dyke and back down Cam HeadCarlJones06/06/2020
Ascent from Lofthouse via Thrope Plantation, Lofthouse Moor, and Brown Ridge. Ascent of Great Haw via Woogill Moor. On to Dead Mans Hill, via Carle Fell, and Little Whernside, Whernside, and Great Whernside. Follow parish boundary along Riggs Moor to Sandy gate. Descent via Straight Stean Beck, and along track in How Stean Beck to Armathwaite. On to Middlesmoor and back to Lofthouse.raymooremanx08/02/2020
MC JC O. Climbed from high point on minor road to Kettlewell. Lowering cloud and thick mist on top. Very wet lower slopes.Martin6601/01/2020
Good off-road parking at SD 9862 7572. Little Whernside first, then doubled back to here. Several Elmslies also bagged.jonglew25/11/2019
Nutall route on a gloriously sunny day off workMark Sims20/09/2019
Nuttalls route. Heavy rain and strong winds meant I didn't really enjoy this one!Gary Heath18/08/2019
From kettlewell - never did find the jacket I lost somewhere on the way upNeilb13/08/2019
From KettlewellPaulGibbons29/06/2019
From Kettle well and then onto Buckden Pike. Down to Buckden and four miles of road back to Kettlewell. Hottest day of the year and the day of the Wharfedale 3Peaks. Swimming against the tide.Longwojo29/06/2019
the first of 2 nuttalls today great whernside and buckden pike from the cattle gris at SD 98460 76349nice walk up to the summit back down to the van for a brew before heading off to buckden pike which was a bog fest all the way to the cross for the polish plain crash for the warDarren-44315/06/2019
From Grassington, via Providence Pot, then Hags Farm, return via Cam HeadMrChris198028/05/2019
Parked in Pateley Bridge and followed Nidderdale Way to Nabs. Bivvied overnight on Wig Stones then this was fourth of eight hills after Moss Drive and Meugher. Walk from Meugher to Sandy Gates and then onwards was hard work.Wheelsy25/05/2019
With JW, MS and CS (previously CB). From car park, up Little Whernside and Great Whernside. Nice weather!robertgn18/05/2019
With CathyS, RobN & JackW. From Scar House Reservoir. masmith18/05/2019
Parked at cattle grid as previously described. Ground ruined by atv tracks and sodden, worse than some of the popular Scottish hills. Sunny and breezy on top and great views.iangalbraith21/02/2019
Hike from Kettlewellmaaaaaaaatty24/10/2018
With J on the way back from a trip to the Borders. Parked just to NE of cattle grid on high point of the road & followed the standard path to the summit. Not too soggy considering recent rainfall. Met several folk on their way down but had summit to ourselves. Extensive view with some mist drifting across occasionally. Down by the same route.NotReallyABagger15/10/2018
Great Whernside fell racepaulcook280922/09/2018
Bridleway from Kettlewell to the scout hut, then up the clear footpath to the summit. Top in cloud, so no views. Then on to Buckden Pike.RedAndy5427/08/2018
From the cattle grid at SD 98600 75665. Patchy views.Peter_W_Mitchell 24/08/2018
Easy walk up with the children from the cattle grid. Misty and drizzly. Saw a Red Grouse and a few Meadow Pipits. Couple of other walkers on the summit. Time taken 1 hour 45 minutes for 3.5 miles.isabelle20/08/2018
Standard walk up from Kettlewell via Hag Dyke on well-marked footpaths. Hot and hazy day but views still excellent. Next onto Tor Mere Top.JOHNS27/07/2018
From Coniston up the Dib and the Turf Road onto the moor. Followed the fence and boundary stones (the path gets better as you ascend) to the top. Returned via Hag Dyke,Kettlewell and the Dales Way. Warm Day and the moor was bone dry.reaper22/07/2018
From Kettlewell, via Providence Pot, before returning along Starbotton Road and Camheadrfoster03/06/2018
Last hill of the Fellsman, ascended from Park Rash after coming off Buckden Pike via Top Mere. All down hill heredanielmudd198229/04/2018
Cairn, Hem Gill Shaw path, Great Whernside peak, 667 left path Strong wind and hail/rain on ascent, poor visibility on peak.meganinch11/04/2018
Great Whernside > Great Whernside East Top > Great Whernside from GR:ronaldo33311/03/2018
Evening run, 92 mins from the cattle grid and back. Summited in dark, down by torchlight...N.Morters22/02/2018
With Jacqui from Kettlewell, up past Hag Dyke and return via Cam High Roadpatriciagill18/11/2017
Kettlewell - Hag Dike - Great Whernside trig & Summit - NiddHead - Hem Gill Shaw - Black Dike - Lane back to Kettlewell (for a fabulous Sunday Dinner at the Bell).briandavies29/10/2017
Done from Scar House Res. very wet and boggy walk and coincided with an annual fell run to my annoyance as had to wait to get to trigWayne Mac23/09/2017
First hill day after long break due to injury. One of the hottest days of the year too!TheWanderer2718/06/2017
In rain with limited views after getting Altberg boots. Easiest route. Rounsfell20/05/2017
Climbed with LUUHCJonathanConey19/02/2017
Dales run out with Fellhugger, winter conditions on top. Part of a 16 mile round.cackleberry07/02/2017
Fell racetrianglegirl22/10/2016
SR and Little WhernsideFrank10/10/2016
Having finished work at 2pm I had planned to arrive 5ish to climb from Kettlewell. As it was the M6 traffic meant a late start so from the cattle grid gave a good leg up. The squelchfest across the col was decidedly wet. It had belted down in these parts in the past 24 hours and boy did it show. Once on steeper ground the going was far better. Summit reach 3/4hr from start. Lots of lovely limestone and at this time of day I had dusk all to myself. Didnt hang about though, not fancying beeing caught in the mire. Overnighted at top of pass. A bloomin cold night too.stig_nest30/09/2016
With K from N. Stunning views from North York Moors to Lancashire. Great hill.Ashley25/09/2016
From Buckden pike / Tor Mere top - summit in cloud.twg2712/09/2016
With Cabe.simon and co23/08/2016
With dadCubags23/08/2016
From parking area near cattle grid. Gt Whernside, slog out to Lt Whernside, Buckden Pike (used suggested path from war memorial which is partly paved) Tor Mere Top. All very wet underfoot. Lots of peat hags up to Lt Whernside.mart079705/07/2016
Walked up from Kettlwell with Charli , Shaun & MarkElwyn_Summers12/06/2016
From Kettlewell, with Tom W. Returned via Starbottom and Wharfdale. Rather murky to start out but fine and warm later.steve_a02/06/2016
Solo. Early start as bad weather forecasted for later. The cloud lifted as I descended. Felt I was just ticking boxes.Aimless Rambler10/05/2016
2mFM radio activation. NP-008.Petem0hqo28/01/2016
Parked at Tor Dyke. Saved £2 in parking charges at Kettlewell. 1.4 miles to summit. Wind was up enjoyed stroll to its summit, rewarded by a good view and massive cairn next to trip point. Company: Soloiandesbottes28/12/2015