Wednesday, 19th March 2009


Walk: Ribblehead Viaduct, Bleamoor Sidings, Knoutberry Hill, Whernside, Moss at Back o'th Rigg, Gunnerfleet Farm
Start Point: Lay-by near Ribblehead viaduct Grid Ref: SD 765 793
Distance: 11.5 miles Ascent: 1,470 feet
Weather: A hazy mist initially but becoming warm and sunny during the day
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Comments: A very clear path all the way to the top of Whernside. Quite a lot of work has been done recently on improving the path, particularly on the ascent and descent to and from the summit. Good views but as it continued to be hazy in the distance photographs could only be taken of nearer views. A very gradual descent took us down to Moss at Back o'th Rigg where we made our way across to the bridleway. We returned along this mainly grassy path, passing through a number of farms and an interesting limestone outcrop. Turning off the path just before Winterscales Farm we passed under the huge arches of the viaduct, and back to the cars.


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Setting out, the mist obscures even the flanks of Whernside


The aqueduct takes the water from Force Gill across the railway line . . .


and higher up the waterfall can be seen


The mist has lifted and Whernside comes into view - with a touch of snow


The tarn on Greensett Moss - or is a map of Australia?


The flanks of Gragareth can just be seen from Whernside summit


One of the two shelters on the summit


The frogs were out in force today - basking in the sun


Looking back up to Whernside en route to . . .


Moss at Back o'th Rigg where we found a sunny bank for our lunch stop


Our return path gives us a good view of the route we followed earlier


A local resident poses for the camera


The path takes us through an interesting limestone outcrop . . .


and the viaduct draws closer - still some mist around


Another local resident pops up to say 'Hello'!


Almost at the viaduct . . .


with its 24 arches . . .


and a special award


An interesting comparison of tools


After passing 'under the arches' it's a short stroll back to the car

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