Gragareth and Great Coum from Dent
Walk 5 - A strenuous linear walk starting from Dent Village to Crag Hill [682m], Great Coum [687m] and Gragareth finishing at Ingleton - 12.5 miles - 5.5 hours - An excellent fell walk with good views over Morecambe Bay and on the Lake District most of the way. This walk can only be undertaken on Saturday from the north bound train and using the Saturdays only S1 bus to Dent, returning on the 581 service bus from Ingleton to Settle and onwards by train Back to Dentdale
Continue on over Green Hill crossing a number of broken down walls passing the unremarkable intersection of the Lancashire, Cumbria and N Yorkshire county boundaries and then up to the summit of Gragareth [627m] now the highest hill in Lancashire [Since Coniston Old Man was reassigned to Cumbria!].There are several possible routes from this point. The one I shall describe continues in the same direction very shortly passing through a drystone wall and between two walls descending the hillside to Ireby Fell. Part of the way down the hillside turn left through a stile in the wall and onwards down a well used path eventually to meet the Turbery Road, a walled droving track. Turn right and down downhill to Masongill water works.
Turn left along Tow Scar Road [a track] for and after 1/2 mile bear right along a minor road. After 200m or so turn left through a stile towards Cowgill Farm. Turn right upon meeting another minor road for 100m and bear left into the driveway of Thornton Hall. Bear immediately right downhill and passing diagonally across several fields emerge at the old mineral railway serving Ingleton quarry.
The path then descends quickly passing the Ingleton Waterfalls carpark and to meet a road. Cross the bridges across the Rivers Twiss and Doe to climb up to Ingleton Main Street. If heading for the Wheatsheaf pub and the cavers tea room turn left. Otherwise turn right and head towards the old railway over-bridge. Turn left and proceed up the path to the car park and Ingleton Community Centre. The bus stop is in the carpark in front of the Community Centre.
If there is time to kill The Wheatsheaf at the top end of the village welcomes walkers. Lower down the main street are the Craven Heifer and Three Horsehoes with the Masons Arms on the main road. In addition there are a numer of excellent cafes including the cavers cafe in the centre of the village. The 581 service bus from Kirkby Lonsdale to Settle departs Ingleton Community Centre
Important note:- Whilst the author has taken every care in assembling the information on this site, no responsibility can be accepted for any error or omission herein. If in any doubt walkers should always consult the relevant OS map. All timings are approximate and for a person of average fitness and ability.
This page was last updated on 08-May-2020
© John Carey 2010