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One of the Yorkshire Dale's Three Peaks and the highest at 2,415 feet (736 metres), as well as being the highest point in Yorkshire. There are good paths to the top from most directions, the most popular being from Ribblehead via the famous viaduct, where you can lean a bit about the shanty towns that existed when the railway was built. Whernside looks like a whale and has been the scene of at least two aircraft crashes. The summit is on a ridge, with views of Ingleborough, Dentdale, the Howgill Fells, the Lake District and the Irish Sea. Whernside is probably the easiest of the Three Peaks to walk, but it is still a serious and often strenuous walk to the top, necessitating proper clothing and footwear as well as a supply of water and something to eat. The post code given is for the Station Inn at Ribblehead.
The Three Peaks of the Yorkshire Dales (Whernside, Pen-y-Ghent and Ingleborough) are often tackled by the very fit for fun or charity in a time of +/- 12 hours covering a distance of approx 24 miles.