GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Circular Walk around Kettlewell

7 miles (11.5 km)

This challenging circular walk climbs to Great Whernside, Blackfell Top and Blackfell Dike from the popular village of Kettlewell, in the Nidderdale area of the Yorkshire Dales.
The route starts in the village and heads along the lovely Dowber Gill Beck where there's a series of pretty waterfalls. You continue to the Providence Pot cave where you turn left to Hag Dike. Turn right here and the path will take you directly up to the Great Whernside summit. It's a splendid viewpoint with views to the Lake District Fells, Pendle Hill, Wharfedale, Buckden Pike and the Pennines.
After soaking in the summit views the route descends to Blackfell Top, Black Dike and Tor Dike, where there are more nice views down the valley to enjoy.
The final section takes you along Starbotton Road before turning left down Top Mere Road. Follow the track for about 1.5 miles and it will return you to Kettlewell.
For a more direct path to the summit try the Great Whernside Walk.
The Dales Way long distance trail runs through the village. You could follow it north through Wharfedale to extend your exercise. It's a lovely riverside path which will take you to the village of Buckden where you can try the climb to Buckden Pike.
Heading in the other direction will take you to Grassington. You can see more details on the Grassington to Kettlewell Walk.

Circular Walk around Kettlewell OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Circular Walk around Kettlewell Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


Dowber Gill Beck waterfall - - 576219

Dowber Gill Beck - little waterfall

Dowber Gill waterfalls - - 194142

Dowber Gill - series of waterfalls

Valley and Dowber Gill Beck - - 576210

Valley and Dowber Gill Beck

Hag Dyke - - 1413051

Hag Dyke

Rocks at summit of Great Whernside - - 194045

Rocks at summit of Great Whernside

Stile by Black Dike Hole - - 637561

Stile by Black Dike Hole

Tor Dike - - 551263

Tor Dike View

Looking towards Top Mere above Starbotton - - 231227

Looking towards Top Mere above Starbotton

Elevation Profile

GPS Files

GPX File

Circular Walk around Kettlewell.gpx (right click - 'Save As')

Memory Map Route

Circular Walk around Kettlewell.mmo (right click - 'Save As')