GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Whernside Ingleborough Circular Walk

13 miles (21.5 km)

This challenging circular walk visits two of the famous Yorkshire Three Peaks. You'll climb to Ingleborough before heading up to Whernside from the famous Ribblehead Viaduct.
The route runs for a distance of just over 13 miles, rising to a height of well over 2000ft at the high points.
Start the walk from the car park and visitor centre at the Ribblehead Viaduct. From here you pick up footpaths taking you up to Park Fell and Simon Fell, before ascending to Ingleborough. The mountain stands at a height of 723 metres (2,372ft) providing fabulous views over the surrounding Yorkshire Dales countryside. The area surrounding the mountain is also designated as a National Nature Reserve. The limestone habitats promote a range of interesting wildflowers including Yorkshire primrose, limestone pavement with bloody crane's-bill, calcareous grassland with common rock-rose and limestone rock outcrops, cliffs and scree with juniper. Wildlife also thrives with the northern brown argus butterfly, curlew and roe deer to look out for in the area.
The route then descends to Humphrey Bottom before continuing north to Highwood Pasture and Philpin Lane. You then ascend to Bruntscar and High Pike before reaching the summit of Whernside. The mountain stands at a height of 736m (2,415ft) making it the highest of the Yorkshire Three Peaks. From here there are fantastic views over the Yorkshire Dales, theLake DistrictandMorecambe Bay.
After taking in the views the route then descends to Knoutberry Hill and Grain Head. You then turn south toward Slack Hill, passing a series of waterfalls on the way. The final section takes you along the Blue Clay Ridge before returning to the viaduct and the car park.
To continue your walking in the area try the longer Yorkshire Three Peaks Walk which also visits Pen y ghent.

Whernside Ingleborough Circular Walk OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Whernside Ingleborough Circular Walk Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


After your exercise treat yourself to well earned refreshments at the Station Inn (Postcode: LA6 3AS). The pub is located next to the Ribblehead Viaduct and is very walker friendly. There's a good menu and you can also book rooms for the night. Just up the road to the west you'll find the Old Hill Inn (LA6 3AR). This pub dates all the way back to 1615and is another popular spot for walkers climbing the peaks.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


Approaching the viaduct (471695297)

Ribblehead viaduct

Ingleborough summit

Ingleborough summit.

Ingleborough from Little Ingleborough - - 548604

Ingleborough from Little Ingleborough

Simon Fell (geograph 708236)

Simon Fell, Yorkshire Dales, England, seen from summit of Ingleborough with Souther Scales Fell beyond


Simon Fell, North Yorkshire, with Ingleborough in the distance

Whernside. - - 249976


Beneath the Whernside ridge. - - 156264

Beneath the Whernside ridge.

Whernside summit. - - 156526

Whernside summit. Looking SSW from the trig point. Ingleborough to the left.

GPS Files

GPX File

Whernside Ingleborough Circular Walk.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)

Memory Map Route

Whernside Ingleborough Circular Walk.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)