At the beginning of the week we got out for our first "proper" walk of the year. Back to the windswept hill of Whernside in the Yorkshire Dales. We packed a picnic and a couple of flasks (coffee for the grown ups and hot choc for the girlies), wrapped up and headed over the border. It was glorious. Really beautiful and sunny with blue skies but cold and crisp. There was still quite a lot of snow on the hill tops and it felt almost like a winter expedition tramping over the still quite deep snow on the top.
|Snowy Whernside in view|
The final haul up to the top is north-facing and there was lots of snow there. We all felt quite intrepid trekking up through it all. It was quite exciting.
|Trekking up through the snow|
|Amazing views of snow and sunshine|
|Heading back down the less snowy flank|
And finally crossed the fields in the valley to reach the iconic Ribblehead Viaduct and the end of our walk.
The girls want to come again. So do we. While it's not as visible as its neighbours (Ingleborough and Penyghent), windswept Whernside is always a pleasure to visit.