The walk begins at the famous Ribblehead viaduct on which the Settle-Carlisle Railway runs. This magnificent structure was designed by John Sydney Crossley. The first stone being laid in 1870 and the last in 1874. It is 32 metres high and 402 metres long! To appreciate its sheer magnitude you have to physically walk under it.
From this point, keep the railway line to your left, following the sign for Whernside.
Following the obvious footpath ahead which runs parallel with the railway line, Blea Moor signal box eventually comes into view....
Shortly after leaving Blea Moor signal box, the footpath curves round over a walled aqueaduct.
Blea Moor tunnel is 2404 metres long and is the longest tunnel on the Settle-Carlisle line. It took more than four years to complete and was constructed by Midland Railway. It runs 500 feet below the moorland above!
Still following the obvious footpath ahead ensure to follow the sign for Dent Dale and not Dent Head.
Although walking in the cloud can sometimes be quite daunting (especially if you regularly walk solo like me!) the slabbed footpath makes an excellent navigation tool!
The footpath is easy to follow although walking along the ridge near the summit can be very blustery, so ear-muffs or a good hat may be useful!
The triangulation point is visible through a gap in the wall on your right hand side after walking approx' half a mile along the ridge.
On a clear day the views are amazing. However, today was not the day for any great vista!!
Leave the summit by contuining along the footpath from which you left to view the triangulation point.
After descending down the footpath for around half a mile, visibilty became much better once again...