: The Men of Gragareth
24th June 2010
Strange name It sounds Welsh and perhaps
it is. Or was. Like Pen-y-Ghent (see BB0933
When Yorkshire was Welsh). Only this is actually
in Lancashire. Indeed some references say that
it’s the highest point in Lancashire although others
accord that privilege to Green Fell. Gragareth
lies four miles due north of Ingleton and its eastern
slopes lie in Yorkshire. But that is political.
Geologically, it is clearly in Limestone Country
and recorded as such in Wainwright’s so-entitled book
was a first appearance for Tony for six weeks, which
is why Bryan had selected something rather gentler to
recondition him. The weather was a disappointment-
whilst Wimbledon basked in sunshine, Gragareth was only
just clear of a heavy cloud layer.
parked in Leck and followed the road up through the
was an amusing incident as we reached Bank House with
it fine display of washing. A flock of sheep appeared
in the road followed by a farmer who barked commands
at us as if we were sheep dogs in order to stop the
sheep venturing into a yard. To be fair, he complimented
us on our herding skills, tickled us behind the ears
and threw us a bone.
reaching the lonely Leck Fell House, we headed up the
hill to visit the Three Men of Gragareth- ancient cairns
that are visible for miles on the skyline. Actually
there are three sets of cairns visible.
Men of Gragareth?
right hand set features a single cairn (man?) and a
rather neat shelter (his home?). In the middle are the
Three Men and to the left what used to be two cairns
have been recently converted to another three men. Usurpers
or just someone’s idea to confuse the poor walker?
Man and his shelter
Men and their would be usupers
The Three Men of Gragareth
climb to the cairns was moderately steep but thereafter
it is a much more gentle ascent to the trig point summit
with its panorama of the Yorkshire Three Peaks. By
now, a strong cold breeze had arisen so we took shelter
in a dip in the ground where we had lunch.
Summit, Ingleborough to the right
we headed north along the ridge for a while before dropping
down to the shooting hut where we picked up the track
back to Leck Fell House.
inspects a pot hole
we turned north west and followed a wall past a pothole
entrance with belay points and down to a river. Except
the river was totally dry, presumably now flowing some
distance underground. Going down the river bed,
a torrent of stones, was like descending a Cretan gorge.
Soon we reached a point where the river bed suddenly
dropped some twenty feet or so. Even if we could
have got down (which I doubt) we would not have been
able to climb back out so we started to make our way
around the side of the gorge. Bryan and I had the feeling
that we had seen this before, then it came back to us.
This was Ease Gill and what we had been looking
at was its Upper Kirk, which, on BB0714,
three years earlier, even Stan had failed to climb.
torrent of stones
Upper Kirk impass
descended alongside the ravine, dropping down to the
now emerged river after the ruined house at Anneside.
Fish (presumably trout) were leaping so we had to linger
until Tony had spotted one in the pool.
it was a gentle stroll back to the car in what was not
becoming a pleasant sunny late afternoon.
end: a photo of a tractor that got Tony excited and a
different interpretation of the Three, or is it Six,
Men of Gagareth.
Six Men of Gragareth
24th June 2010
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climbed in feet:
in Limestone Country))
& Stan: 6, Bryan:
7 (all unchanged)
Bryan, Don, Tony
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