Lake District


North Yorkshire

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About Summiteer


14th April 2018

It's not a pretty mountain, but it is the highest on offer in North Yorkshire and you don't need a map, just follow everyone else....

Walkers on Whernside

Whernside Walkers

Scroll down for photos and a description of the walk....

Class 40 loco Class 40 at Rawtenstall

The day before, I went to the East Lancashire Railway to view some of the trains on the gala weekend of "40's at 60". These iconic locomotives of the diesel era have survived into preservation and a total of six of their number were on show. Irwell Vale station on the left and leaving Rawtenstall on the right.

Ribblehead Viaduct

Ribblehead Viaduct

The roadside parking area at Ribblehead has been improved and loads of cars were already there by the time we arrived at 0940hrs.

Service Train

Service Train heading North

Unsurprisingly, there is a charter train to view, but today it's a diesel locomotive-hauled excursion.


The majority of these were not "Three Peakers" - you can always tell those who have already climed Pen-y-Ghent, they look a tad weary and have dirty legs.

Watching and Waiting

The 45 minute walk to the southern entrance to Blea Moor Tunnel means that there will always be room for you. I suppose both this guy, who was here first, and me were just a little disappointed not to have the spot to themselves.

Class 50 locomotives

The Cumbrian Hoovers

Here comes the double-headed Class 50 - hauled excursion train. These pairings used to take the London to Glasgow trains during the 1970's before electrification and I think it's the first time I've seen such in action since that time. Class 50's were affectionately known as "Hoovers".

The Joys of Whernside

Like I said, it ain't pretty.


Molly Whernside

The Summit 2,415ft asl

Nearly everyone does the walk in the same direction which reduces the greetings count.

Ingleborough Ribblehead Viaduct
Descent Route
Ribblehead Viaduct

We took the usual return route along the foot of Whernside with the viaduct in view for much of the way.

Lunch stop

Lunch Stop

A suitably shaped piece of limestone presented an ideal location for lunch and a rare selfie; they will remain rare.

Blea Moor Signal Box

Blea Moor Signal Box

Viaduct of Ribblehead


Walkers: Molly and Me.

Time taken: 4hrs 35mins over a distance of about 10 miles.

Route: Ribblehead (Blea Moor Road), Great Scar, Blea Moor Sidings, Whernside by the usual route. Down to Broadrake and along the marked footpath to Winterscales and Blea Moor Sidings, the viaduct and back to the cars

Weather and conditions: Mainly dull and rather cold on top.

Whernside on 15th February 2017 - steam train.

Whernside on 23rd January 2016 - train as usual.

Whernside on 12th February 2012 - more trains, much more ice and snow!

Selside Steam Video

All photos copyright Richard Ratcliffe 2017 ©

Take me back to the start ....

Take me home....