Great Coum via Gragareth

  • A long high level tramp
  • Leck valley is full of interest
  • Great views of Dentdale and the Howgills

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

Recommend: This is a long walk – do not underestimate how long it will take. It took me over 4 1/2 hours with no stops.

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL2 Yorkshire Dales South & West. Buy Map
Start Point: SD 653754. Ireby is my favourite place to start this long walk. There is some parking near the houses as you exit Ireby and then head for the farm lane.
Height to Climb: 602ms (1,975 feet)
Terrain: The path is intermittent off Crag Hill and non existent from Leck Fell House to the summit of Great Coum. The rest is fine.
Eating & Drinking: A long day needs a picnic and snacks. There are no hostelries in Ireby or nearer than Ingleton.
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