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Whernside featured as top walk

Posted 18 October 2010
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Whernside featured as top walk
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Those donning a pair of walking boots might be attracted by the thought of climbing the highest peak in the Yorkshire Dales, Whernside, but an Ordnance Survey map may reveal some confusion.

Featured in online outdoors magazine Grough, the trek covered the route up the 2,416 ft mountain from Horton in Ribblesdale, famous for its multi-arched viaduct on the Settle to Carlisle Railway.

The publication notes Whernside - one of the Yorkshire Three Peaks alongside Ingleborough and Pen-y-Ghent - only became the highest point in the county after the boundary changes in 1974 moved 2,585 ft Mickle Fell into Durham.

And while the actual summit is marked by a wall lying just inside Yorkshire, the trig point is just over the border in Cumbria, a few feet away.

While walkers may be confused, Whernside is not the only mountain where the trig point does not mark the highest spot.

On Harter Fell in the Lake District, the trig is on the lower of two rocky outcrops at the top, with a small scramble required to reach the slab at its adjacent true summit at 2,142 ft.

Posted by Dan Mirza