We followed a lovely path beside the River Dee for a few miles.
And then began a rather gradual ascent up Whernside with views of the Dent Valley behind us and the Settle-Carlisle railway line ahead.
About halfway along, we came to a lovely tarn. You can just see the summit of Whernside in the distance. I love coming across these tiny bodies of water nestled unexpectedly in the hills; they are so pretty and peaceful.
And the here's the view. It was quite hazy out, but on a clearer day, you can probably see the other two peaks that make up the challenge. Whernside is the highest (2415 feet) and the second climb of the usual Three Peaks route.
We quickly got off the main trail, taking a sharp right for our descent. This next photo is near the bottom looking back at the summit. It looks steep, but the path is quite grassy and it wasn't too bad on the knees.
The rest of the walk was along an easy bridleway back to Dent with the Dales landscape all around us. It may not have the majesty of the Lake District but there's something very soothing and beautiful about the miles of empty space in every direction and it truly was a glorious day to be out in the fresh air.