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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), Wharfe
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Simm, Hewitt, Nuttall,
Buxton & Lewis, Bridge
(Ma,Hu,Tu,Sim,Hew,N,BL,Bg)
Grid ref:SE 00205 73915
Summit feature:very large cairn
Drop:288m
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
GPS data:show GPS entries for this hill

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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 god. 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
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
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
ANOTHER FINE DAY. LONG DRIVE FROM MORECAMBE TO BUCKDEN AND UP AND DOWN BUCKDEN PIKE. EASY AND WELL GRADED. DROVE ROUND TO PASS BELOW GREAT WHERNSIDE AND WENT UP AND BACK. BOGGY AT THE BOTTOM THEN VERY STEEP. HARD WORK FOR A RATHER DULL HILL.BURGESS09/10/2015
From cattle grid to north-west. 3 1/2 miles round trip - easy going. 1h20.clivevilla01/08/2015
From Tor Dyke Road. Very Windy.mick18/07/2015
With Eire, Evan, Sail, Danu, Coel & Alfie.Dangerous Dave27/06/2015
Cold with fresh wind. Ascent from cattle grid on minor road to Leyburn. Pleasant ascent to interesting summit area return via ridge past shelter cairn. Heavy downpour at end. With Maggie.iredale01/06/2015
Tor Mere Top, Great Whernsidekeithouk24/05/2015
Great walk brilliant view's 8 miles bogy in places but mostly easy walking on grassnylthewheel18/04/2015
Out-and-back from Kettlewell in the snow. Route and write-up at: http://gayleybird.blogspot.co.uk/2015/03/great-whernside-and-buckden-pike.htmlGayle03/03/2015
2mFM Radio Activation NP-008.Very windy.Parked by cattle grid K/wellMasham Rd.Petem0hqo27/02/2015
Great Whernsideronaldo33308/02/2015
Great Whernside from Kettlewell via Providence Pot in the snow.Owain G19/01/2015
Best Hill in the Dales? Can see the coast on both sides of the country (to confirm).DannyboyXL01/01/2015
from cattle grid carpark at summit of road to NW. Just a slog. Hazy so missed the views.Thearlaichdubh29/10/2014
A quick there and back from Kettlewell in drizzle and cold wind. Lots of mud and fresh air! But some nice views into the valley on the way down. The staircase up the last steep grassy stretch was very welcome: my thanks to the constructors. A magnificent summit: looks even better in the photos in fine weather.ruthatlast15/10/2014
Great whernside from kettlewellOwain G28/09/2014
704mThe Grouse27/09/2014
Long but great circuit: Kettlewell - Hag Dyke - Great Whernside - Buckden Pike - Buckden - Birks Fell - Kettlewell. Ascent of Gt Whernside via footpath direct to Hag Dyke is very nice.Mark Jackson02/09/2014
The weather was fantastic! We set off from Kettlewell and I had a banana in the car park before we left :)Evie18/05/2014
Walked up via Dowber Gill Beck with Claire. Hottest day of the year so far.willpalmer17/05/2014
From Kettlewell via Dowber Gill Beck and back by Cam HeadMountainTerrier08/03/2014