Whernside Tarns

Whernside Tarns

The Whernside Tarns are three large tarns which, together with a number of smaller pools, are situated closely together just over a mile north of the summit of Whernside.

Whilst most visitors to Whernside will at least see Greensett Tarn from the summit ridge above, a lot fewer of catch a glimpse of the Whernside Tarns or even be aware of their existence. They are well worth a visit though and can be included on a fine walk from Dentdale which climbs Whernside via the Craven Way. At Boot of the Wold leave the main track and follow the wall up on a thinner path, only recently marked on OS maps as it is part of Wainwright’s A Pennine Journey. This path passes immediately to the east of the tarns.

Walkers taking the main route on to Whernside are often unaware of the Whernside Tarns behind them
Walkers taking the main route on to Whernside are often unaware of the Whernside Tarns behind them

Visitors to the Whernside Tarns will no doubt have them to themselves. They make a fine foreground to fantastic views of Great Coum, the Howgill Fells and, if visibility allows, the Lake District. They make a perfect place to stop and and enjoy a bit of solitude before encountering the crowds on the summit.

The view of Great Coum from one of the Whernside Tarns
The view of Great Coum from one of the Whernside Tarns

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