Great Coum via Gregareth is a long almost certainly lonely walk over a wide grassy ridge, returning via the pretty Leck Valley. The views over the Howgills and on to the Southern Lakes are very good on a clear day.
I had popped up Great Coum a few years ago from Dent but I really wanted to tackle the full 4 mile ridge from Gragareth via Great Coum to the viewpoint at Crag Hill. I have always enjoyed high ridge walking whether on flatter, grassy ridges or the rockier ones in the Lakes. The Gragareth ridge is certainly long although the area around Great Coum is more reminiscent of the Pennines further north than the Lakes to the west.
I started the walk from the pretty village of Ireby cutting across to Leck Fell House and gaining the ridge near the Three Men of Gragareth. However the walk is only half over when the high land is left at the excellent viewpoint of Crag Hill, with one of the hidden gems of the Dales (Cumbrian Dales?) still to come. The Leck valley is delightful with deep shake holes peppering the limestone at its upper end and very pretty on its lower slopes as it winds through some deep gorges hewn from the rock. This is a long walk but it is the fine day out and a great way to appreciate this rarely visited area.
Gragareth and Great Coum are 2 of the Dales 30 Mountains
Great Coum via Gregareth is a long walk. Do not underestimate how long it will take. It took me over four and a half hours with no stops.
There is no public right of way off Crag Hill. Therefore keep to the north side of the wall to the valley floor or you will become stuck behind stone walls with no way through. There is an official path from the valley floor.
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