Climb to this prominent fell on this walk from Kettlewell to Great Whernside in North Yorkshire. Great Whernside forms the watershed between Wharfedale and Nidderdale, and is on the boundary between the Yorkshire Dales National Park and Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. You can ascend to the 704 m (2,310 ft) summit from the village of Kettlewell. It's about a 2.5 mile climb and considered by many to be one of the best in the Yorkshire Dales. From the summit there are wonderful views of Pen y ghent, Ingleborough, Whernside, Pendle Hill and the Lake Distirct Mountains.
This route climbs to the summit directly from Kettlewell, following a footpath to Hag Dike and then on to the summit. You can turn it into a longer circular route by continuing north from the summit to Blackfell Top and Black Dike and then descending to Starbotton Road. See our Circular Walk around Kettlewell for more details.
Kettlewell is a pretty little village with a car park where you can start the walk. After your walk there's good pubs and cafes where you can refresh yourself after your exercise.
There's lots of good options for extending your walking in the Kettlewell area. The Dales Way runs through the village so you could pick up the long distance path and head south to the market town of Grassington. Here you can enjoy riverside paths along the River Wharfe and a visit to the pretty Linton Falls.
Just to the north is the village of Buckden where you can climb to Buckden Pike.
Great Whernside Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Great Whernside Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Great Whernside OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Great Whernside Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Great Whernside Pubs/Cafes
Back in Kettlwell village you could enjoy a bite to eat at The King's Head. It's a pub of some note being ranked by The Sunday Times in the top 10 pubs in The Ultimate 100 British Hotels, as well as named in the Sunday Times Top 50 affordable hotels in the U.K. They do excellent homemade food and have a nice outdoor area for warmer weather. You can find them at The Green with postcode BD23 5RD for your sat navs. They also have a sister pub called The Blue Bell Inn which is dog friendly and can be found on Middle Lane at postcode BD23 5QX.