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Gragareth

  • Height: 627m (2,058 feet).
  • Can be walked as part of a horseshoe route taking in Great Coum and Crag Hill.
  • The county boundary dividing Yorkshire and Lancashire runs across the top.
  • It is claimed to be the highest point in Lancashire.
  • The summit is just outside the National Park.

Gragareth lies to the north of Ingleton and offers impressive views towards Morecambe Bay, the Lake District fells, the Howgill Fells, Whernside, Ingleborough and the Forest of Bowland.

The summit is accessible from Leck, Ireby and Leck Fell House on the western side. Alternatively, the walk can start from Keld Head in Kingsdale where the route runs for some distance along a Turbary Road – an ancient track once used by locals exercising their Turbary Rights to cut peat for fuel. Read more about peat cutting on our Out of Oblivion website.

There are limestone bluffs and crags everywhere and the fell contains a number of caves including, on the eastern side overlooking Kingsdale, Yordas Cave and Rowten Pot, which descends 365 feet to a network of caves and passages. Ireby Fell Cavern on the south western slopes of Gragareth is a little deeper at 400 feet.

The Three Men of Gragareth – three large stone cairns – stand sentry on the western slopes above Leck Fell Beck, which is an area of limestone caves and potholes including Ireby Fell Cavern, Lost John's Cave, and Rumbling Hole.

A triangulation pillar sits on the large grassy summit ridge, and the county boundary wall running along it is believed to be one of the highest drystone walls in the country.

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