Great Coum & Crag Hill - Sunday 10 May 2015
Dent - Green Lane - Megger Stones - Great Coum - Crag Hill - Great Coum - Ralph's Moss - Nun House Outrake - Dent
Lay by near Church Bridge, Dent (Free) - Grid Ref SD706871
Good tracks, open moorland which was sometimes pathless & boggy in places. The descent down Binks Brow is steep.
Overcast, strong winds with the odd sunny spell
OL2 - Yorkshire Dales (Southern & Western areas)
The area of Dentdale is in the North West of the Yorkshire Dales National Park but is actually in Cumbria. The dale is the valley of the River Dee but takes its name from the village of Dent, where todays walk started from. Dent is a stunning village and was the birthplace of one of the founders of modern Geology, Adam Sedgwick. Visiting the village is like going back in time what with its cobbled streets and old buildings. Todays walk would take in Great Coum and Crag Hill, two lesser-known hills but worth venturing out to all the same.
Leaving the village we headed south east on a good path and immediately started climbing, gently at first then a little steeper to reach the toposcope at Flinter Gill. A short time after the toposcope a junction was reached and we then headed left towards High Moss along a good track called Green Lane. Leaving Green Lane, the route headed through a gate and we then doubled back on ourselves to climb quite steeply to the Megger Stones, a rash of gritstone Cairns & outcrops spread across the slopes of the hillside.
On leaving the Stones, the path became irregular and it was a simple question of hand railing the wall that led us all the way to the summit of Great Coum. The summit is pretty nondescript but gives good views over to Whernside & Ingleborough. The weather up to now, whilst dark and overcast was holding and with the visibility fair we decided to make the short hop over to the Trig Point on Crag Hill. A tad boggy on the transit but this was a pleasant out and back although we stayed on the less boggy right hand side of the wall when making our way back to Great Coum.
From Great Coum we had two options - either descend pathless directly east to come down via the quarry or follow the wall down Binks Brow. We decided to follow the wall down and although this descent was extremely steep it was on a stepped path for most of the way down until it levelled out near Green Lane. There now began a pleasant amble for about a mile along the lane before turning right to drop gently down Nun House Outrake before reaching Bridge End and joining the Dales Way, Dales High Way & Pennine Journey path all the way back to Church Bridge and the start of the walk.
Free parking on the edge of Dent Village - room for about a dozen cars
The memorial to Adam Sedgwick - one of the founders of modern geology who was born in Dent
Dent village - like going back in time
Fudge was clearly wanting a swift half but we had walking to do
The Sun Inn at Dent - a proper pub with good grub
St Andrew's Church, Dent
Looking over Dent to Aye Gill Pike
There was a good path leading out of Dent towards Green Lane
Flinter Gill Toposcope
Looking down on Green Lane from the Toposcope
We turned left towards High Moss
The Megger Stones - a rash of gritstone outcrops
The steep ascent to Great Coum
The summit of Great Coum looking to Ingleborough
Heading over to Crag Hill from Great Coum
Crag Hill looking to Ingleborough
The summit of Crag Hill
He had a great day out today - lots of wet stuff
Descending alongside the wall on Binks Brow
Whernside & Ingleborough from the descent of Great Coum
An old lime kiln near Double Croft
The path back to Dent forms part of the route of many Long Distance Paths
The very dry bed of Deepdale Beck
Church Bridge, Dent
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