Black Combe

Height: 600 metres / 1970 feet Grid reference: SD 13551 85490 Category: The Outlying Fells

Black Combe

Black Combe

The shelter and trig column at the summit

The shelter and trig column at the summit

Summit tarn

Summit tarn

Black Combe

Start point: Whicham Church (SD 135 827)

Whicham Church – Black Combe (OF) South Top of Black Combe – Seaness – Whicham

Distance: 4.7 miles     Total Ascent: 574 metres     Time Taken: 1 hours 45 minutes

Weather: Hazy with the odd sunny spell. 14C.

It feels like ages since I have been to Black Combe and even longer since I ascended from Whicham Church, the quickest and easiest way to get to the top. The weather wasn’t good for distant views as it was very hazy and the predicted rain came as I set off home in the car.

Black Combe

Start point: Beckside (SD 153 847)

Beckside – Whicham Mill – Whitecombe Head – Black Combe (OF) South Top of Black Combe Eller Peatpot – Beckside

Distance: 5.5 miles     Total Ascent: 560 metres     Time Taken: 2 hours

Weather: Overcast. 15oC.

More cloud but no rain at least for our walk this morning up to Black Combe, that great hulk of fell at the south-western tip of the Lake District. It is a relatively easy ascent following Whitecombe Beck all the way to Whitecombe Head, the sting in the tail being the very steep descent to get back to the valley.

Black Combe

Start point: Beckside (SD 153 847)

Beckside – Whicham MillSouth Top of Black CombeBlack Combe (OF) – Whitecombe Moss White Combe (OF)White Hall Knott – Beckside

Distance: 6.25 miles     Total Ascent: 657 metres     Time Taken: 2 hours 30 minutes

Weather: Overcast. 16oC.

Another day with non-existent views; the whole of the Lake District seemed to be enveloped in low lying cloud today with the promise of further (summer!) weather like this for a few days yet. I had a walk up to Black Combe, a relatively easy walk, and a nice one whatever the weather – at least the rain held off!

Black Combe

Start point: Beckside (SD 153 847)

Beckside – White Hall KnottWhite Combe (OF) – Whitecombe Moss – Black Combe (OF)South Top of Black Combe – Whicham Mill – Beckside

Distance: 6.25 miles     Total Ascent: 657 metres     Time Taken: 2hours 20 minutes

Weather: Generally dull with the odd sunny spell. 7°C

Black Combe stands isolated at the south-western tip of the Lake District and today it stood isolated as the only cloud-free fell I could see! Well, it did at first, anyway – the mist soon rolled in to cover the very top of Black Combe by the time I arrived. The descent of Black Combe following this route is particularly attractive, following the beck all the way back to the start point.

Black Combe

Start point: Beckside (SD 153 847)

Beckside – White Hall Knott – White Combe (OF) – Whitecombe Moss – Stoupdale Head (OF– Black Combe (OF) –South Top of Black Combe – Whicham Mill – Beckside

Distance: 6.25 miles     Total Ascent: 657 metres     Time Taken: 2hours 20 minutes

Weather: Sunny and bright.

Black Combe lies in the extreme south-west of the Lake District and its remoteness from other fells means that it is rarely visited and its detachment from the main fells means that it is easily identifiable from a distance.

The sun shone more than could have been expected this morning with the thick covering of cloud over the top of Black Combe lifting by the time I reached the summit. Black Combe is described in Wainwright’s Black Combe chapter in his book ‘The Outlying Fells of Lakeland’, page 176.

Black Combe

Start point: Beckside (SD 153 847)

Beckside – White Hall Knott (83) – White Combe (84) (OF) – Whitecombe Moss – Stoupdale Head (85) (OF) – Black Combe (86) (OF) – South Top of Black Combe (87) – Whicham Mill – Beckside

Weather: Sunny and bright, misty on Black Combe summit.

A walk in the sunshine today around the Cirque of Black Combe, a remote fell in the extreme south west of the Lake District. Its detachment from other fells makes it unique and its unobstructed view allows great views of the high fells and to the Irish Sea.

“the amplest range of unobstructed prospect may be seen that British ground commands” – said William Wordsworth about Black Combe.

As well as taking in the Birkett tops, parts of this walk are described in Wainwright’s Black Combe chapter in his book ‘The Outlying Fells of Lakeland’, page 162.

The walk started at Beckside on the A595 where there are parking spaces by the side of the road. I followed the tarmac for a short way until just before the Fox and Goose cottages, and then a track almost hidden by dense trees and signposted for White Combe lead to the heavily brackened fell side. The track went up the side of the fell, I followed it to the col and then cut back left to the grassy, flat summit of White Hall Knott