Whernside

Whernside

At 2,414 ft, Whernside is the highest of the Yorkshire Dales' famous "Three Peaks".

Although some may think Whernside to be visually less impressive than its distinctive neighbours Ingleborough and Pen-y-Ghent, the summit of this fell offers some spectacular views, and there are some interesting features including Greensett Tarn and Force Gill on the eastern flanks.

Like its neighbours, Whernside is capped by millstone grit on top of limestone - a geological profile which gives rise to a network of caves and potholes formed by waters draining off the upper slopes. Examples include Bruntscar Cave and Gatekirk Cave.

[N.B. For more information on the area's caves and potholes, please see caving and potholing in the Yorkshire Dales].


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