Friday, 4 February 2011

Whernside



This post comes with huge thanks to Andy who did most of the photography while I was struggling not to slip over!


Despite being the highest, Whernside is arguably the least impressive of Yorkshire's Three Peaks to look at. It doesn't have a dramatic silhouette, and it doesn't really look high. On the other hand, you get fantastic views as you're walking up it.


'Proper' walkers do all three of the Three Peaks in the space of twelve hours, but it's taken me something like fourteen years - I climbed my first (Pen y Ghent) when I was at school, and now I'm twenty-eight.

It's starting to feel a little bit like spring at home, but up here it was definitely still winter. At the top we were walking on compacted snow, and there was a lot of ice on the paths.


We set off from the bottom at the same time as a paragliding school group - so when we got to the top, they were ready to launch themselves into the air. I really must try this one day...


I'd also like to draw your attention to the remarkable curve of this viaduct. The whole mountain rumbled every time a train went by.



Don't you just love crisp winter walks? I certainly do.

18 comments:

"Cottage By The Sea" said...

Wow! And yes, I love crisp winter walks if they are at least 60 degrees. Colder than that, I have to stay in huddled by the fire. Maybe when I was 28, but I'll be 56 tomorrow so now I'm just interested in being warm and cozy!

Jen said...

I'm with cottage by the see...60 degrees is the perfect walking temp. Great photos.

Bibliomama said...

My crisp winter walk was to school yesterday in the sun, and then walking home which took a really long time since my seven-year-old daughter has to jump up on, wade through and slide down EVERY SINGLE snowbank gleefully. I know...somehow yours is more...poetic...

Classy Career Girl said...

Beautiful photos! What an amazing experience! Glad you didn't slip over:)

Elizabeth Braun said...

I've not been able to take any walks thanks to a month of flu, then exam work, then the car breaking down, but thanks for the lovely photos and making my homeland world famous - as indeed it should be!=)

Sarah of 'Catching the Magic' said...

Wow, amazing photographs and absolutely stunning scenery. Sigh, I feel a little home-sick now :) x Glad you had an amazing time.

Krysten @ After 'I Do' said...

Wow these pics are SO gorgeous!

J. Rosemary Moss said...

Gorgeous pics! Unfortunately, by me, this year 'crisp winter walks' involve far too much snow, ice and black ice. :(

Jumbleberry Orchard said...

Beautiful! I did the Three Peaks Challenge over the summer and I'm now eager to enjoy each peak seperately, without the rush and stress of finishing in time. I learnt a very important lesson that day: 'real' walking should not be rushed!

Rachel said...

Crisp winter walks are lovely if you are properly shod and wearing the right coat - otherwise I'm sure they're a helping of purgatory!

MJ said...

I've never done any of the three peaks, despite not living too far away! It's actually not as hefty as I thought it was, only 400m relief or so - I might go have a walk.

rosaria said...

Not so much! I love the after effect, not the trudging, the worry about slipping and breaking some limb.

Beautiful fotos, Rachel.

becky said...

An intrepid traveler, you are!

Chef E said...

Beautiful. I look forward to being able to walk this distance. I do have trouble with my asthma, so height would affect me...I would love to do the sail thing one day!

cornflakegirl74 said...

These photos are stunning. I love a good, brisk walk on a winter's day (though my landscape is not nearly as beautiful!)

Thomas C B Chua said...

You are blessed with such captivating and serene surroundings.It reminds me of God's perfect creation. Let's work harder to preserve it.

JadeLD said...

This looks lovely and a decent walk too, I'm trying to plan a trip over my birthday and I love Yorkshire, this may fit the bill.

Alice Braga said...

Thank you for sharing the beauty, Rachel. Stunning landscapes, especially the light coming through the clouds.

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