Great Coum and Crag Hill

Walk 2 - Crag Hill [682m] and Great Coum [687m] from Dent Village - 8 miles circular - 4 hours - An excellent fell walk with good views over Morecambe Bay and a pleasant return walk along Dentdale. This walk can either be undertaken by parking in the Dent village carpark or by using the Saturdays only bus service from Dent Station.

If arriving by train alight at Dent Station and take the the 1020 564A Saturdays-only Dent Station - Dent Village - Kendal bus link which should be waiting on the station access road. This is timed to fit in with the northbound morning train service from Leeds the bus arriving in Dent at about 1035 - This is an excellent service subsidised by Dent Parish Council and others which continues to Kendal via Sedbergh. There is a return service to Dent station leaving Dent village at about 1515 although the timetable should,be consulted. You should be at the bus stop in Dent a few minutes beforehand on the return journey. Alternatively, if a return to the village is not possible by 1515 walk up the valley back to Dent Station - this may mean catching a later train but not the end of the world!

From the bus shelter in the centre of Dent walk away from the main street up the side of the village school and to the rear of the Sun Inn. The road continues up through the houses eventually becoming a track up to one side of the Flintergill ravine. In summer this will be a dry stream bed but in winter a series of waterfalls. Nearing the top of the track is a barn to the right hand side inviting a visit. This is full of agricultural artifacts.

Continue on to the top of the track and passing though a gate emerges on the level to a junction with the Occupation Road, a drovers road running along the contour at the side of the fell. In recent times stretches of this have been destroyed by thoughtless 4x4 drivers but this section is quite pleasant. Turn right and walk along the Occupation Road for 500m or so. Passing through a gate turn left and proceed along another track up on to World Side Moss. This levels out for a while following the wall on the right hand side and curving round to make the steep ascent of Crag Hill.

On emerging at the top follow the wall to a junction with another wall whereupon step over the wall and turn right for a short distance to reach the trig point on Crag Hill [682m]. The views across Morecambe Bay including Heysham and Barrow are excellent whilst in the other direction there is a good vista of the Lake District fells.

Retrace steps and at the junction of the two walls pass over the stiles to the right hand side of the wall and immediately to the left. Continue following the high ground with the wall on the right soon to reach the slightly higher summit of Great Coum [687m]. There are various means of descending the quickest return route bear slightly left to emerge at the impressive edge of Great Coum - a good place to stop and admire the view. Then proceeding to the right follow an obvious shoulder of hill steeply down to a quarry and then an obvious track down to a gate and the Occupation Road below. An alternative would be to continue towards Gragareth for a short while and then descend to the Occupation Road. Either way, turn left upon reaching the Occupation Road and continue along the contour towards Dent.

After 1/2 mile turn right through a gate and proceed downhill along a walled track passing High Nun House. Cross the minor road to Ingleton and continue down hill passing through the farmyard and a couple of gates. Upon reaching a disused farmstead at Scow turn Sharp left. There is a signpost in the field. Cross the fields paralleling Deepdale Beck eventually to emerge at the minor road to Cowgill[If running late take this road back to Dent]. Cross the road and continue downhill along the path to the left hand side of Deepdale Beck. At the bottom of the path turn left immediately after a drystone wall and walk towards a farm.

Pass to the left hand side of the farm and along an enclosed track. The path passes a recent man made lake built to encourage bird life and follows to the right hand side of a small stream. After a while cross the stream and continue on to meet the road into Dent and the bus stop.

The 564A service has now been assured into the foreseeable future. This is an excellent means of reaching Dent Village or Sedbergh whether to walk or visit the pubs, cafes and heritage centre. The bus times at the time of writing are depart Dent Sta 1020, and on the return Sedbergh 1500, 1650 or depart Dent village 1515, 1705. Please consult the timetable

This page was last updated on 26-Dec-2013

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