22nd April 2005

A difficult ascent of Black Combe.


Walk Overview
Time 14.00 to 16.25
Duration 2 hr 15 min
Distance 4.5 mile
Ascent 1913 ft
Walking with On my own
Whitbeck - Miller Gill - Black Combe - Black Combe Tarn - Seaness - Whitbeck
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Parking spaces, Whitbeck Church

Found in the far south west of the Lake District, the parking spaces next to Whitbeck church are a handy starting point for a walk onto Black Combe. In the unlikely event of their being no room, there if a large lay-by a little further down the road (south).

Parking is free.


Route Map

Whitbeck from the fellside above Miller Gill.
I thought I would try a different route up to Black Combe today. I'd seen the path leading into Miller Gill a few times and thought, even though it isn't on the map the path should lead to the summit ridge (big mistake). The path soon gave way to steep trackless heather. So I ended up having a climb of over 1000ft up difficult open fellside. Not an ascent I'll be repeating again.

At last Black Combe summit.
There was a really bad haze today so the spectacular views you normally have looking back up into the Lake District were none existant.

Black Combe Tarn

The large cairn on an area of ground just to the south of the tarn.

Looking down the long path to Seaness.
The better option for an ascent of Black Combe.

This time looking back up the path.

Seaness with Silecroft in the valley.

And again from a little further down the path.

Seaness "summit" cairn with Black Combe behind.
This is about as far south as you can go in the Lake District while staying on the fells.

Whitbeck Church.
A sign of the times we're living in. A padlocked wire mesh gate in front of a church door.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks