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Ascent of Gragareth on 2019-04-28

Climber: Craig Burkhart

Date:Sunday, April 28, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Gragareth
    Location:UK-England
    Elevation:2060 ft / 627 m

Ascent Trip Report

I believe it is more common to climb Gragareth from the North or West. I climbed from the South East starting in Ingleton. Parked in front of the tourist information center which was £3.90 for the full day (coin only). The large parking lot visible on satellite view at the North West corner of the city is for the Waterfall Walk. I believe this is £7.00, but I think it includes the Waterfall Walk which must be paid for. Might be worth it, especially if alone.

I went up Oddie's Lane and along the path from there to Thornton Lane is where the Waterfall Walk joins up with the path.

From here continued up to Turbary Road. There is a path marked on the OS maps. Decent Limestone Pavement in this area, though not as good as the ones near Ingleborough. I took a more indirect way to get to the Tow Scar trig point (Photosphere). The paths near there are visible but not as obvious on the OS maps, but more obvious in person.

There are no paths from here to the summit marked on the OS maps. The way I went up and the way I went down in the GPS recording are both decent choices, but have pros and cons.

I bushwhacked my way up. I left Turbary Road early then I would recommend. It looked like all the walls from that point up were in a degraded state, and could thus be crossed, but you can't actually see all the way up. There is a field that has a narrower bit going to a wider bit (containing "Dodson's Hill" on the OS map. I recommend leaving Turbary Road there and finding the way to the top corner where there is a stile, and soon another stile to the area with the summit. With some planning the sections through taller vegetation can be kept to a minimum. This part was surprisingly dry, especially after three days of rain. The climb is not bad.

There is another trig pillar at the summit (Photosphere). The area at along the top was very wet. (Strange side trip was for a geocache).

The way I took down was easier to navigate (clear path and along wall), but is very very steep. Would be quite a hard climb! The path isn't clear at the bottom, but if going up this way find the stone structure along the way and aim to meet the wall around there.

I highly recommend a stop by Yordas Cave (about where the GPS recording ends). Bring a torch along on the hike.

I followed Thornton Lane basically all the way back to Ingleton from here (stopped recording to preserve phone battery).
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Bushwhack
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Craig Burkhart
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