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Friday, 4 February 2011
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.