Great Whernside from by Tor Dyke
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Great Whernside stands at the head of both Wharfedale and Nidderdale, forming the watershed between them. It is also on the boundary between the Yorkshire Dales National Park and the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The summit of Great Whernside is the highest point of the eastern flank of Wharfedale above Kettlewell.
The curving escarpment above the pass between Wharfedale and Coverdale is known as "Whernside", of which Great Whernside is the highest point; Little Whernside is a few miles to the north-east. Little Whernside nearby forms the watershed between Coverdale and Nidderdale.
The River Nidd rises on the eastern slopes of Great Whernside, above Angram Reservoir.