11th July 2013

An evening on Black Combe


Walk Overview
Time 4.35 to 7.05pm
Duration 2 hr 30 min
Distance 5.5 mile
Ascent 2000 ft
Walking with On my own
Whitbeck Church - Throstlerake Crag - Seaness - Black Combe - Blackcombe Tarn - and back down
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

There's no sign of the current dry, hot spell coming to an end so I took advantage again and headed out for a walk up Black Combe. I only saw one other person on the walk and that wasn't long after setting off. He'd already been up to the top; originally setting out for a run but turning it into a walk because it was too hot.

I'm pleased it wasn't like this all the way to the top. Shoulder high bracken, not breath of wind, insects flying about everywhere and scorching hot.

A very hazy view looking northwards up the Cumbrian coast.

and now looking south.

A close up of Silecroft.

Black Combe seen from Seaness.

A view back down to Seaness.

By the time I got up here there was a lovely breeze blowing off the coast. It certainly made things a little more comfortable.

Not far to the top now. You can go straight ahead at the left hand bend or as I did this evening, leave the path shortly after the bend and head.

A short walk across the top and you're at the summit or is it a short walk across the summit and you're at the top. Whatever it is it isn't far to the shelter / trig point.

6pm at the top of Black Combe.

I had a walk across to the edge of the summit area but the long distance view were almost none existent due to the haze. Still very nice to be up here on an evening like this, particularly when you have the place to yourself.

Black Combe Tarn.


Jagged rocks on the high ground above the tarn.

A view down to Millom and Barrow. Okay, I know you can't see them very well but they are there.

And again, this time showing the large cairn found on this side of Black Combe.

Back down I go. It's unusual for me but I returned by almost the same route this evening.


Rather than head back down to Seaness I cut across here and picked up the path back down to Whitbeck.

Now I have to face the dreaded bracken again as I head down to the main road again.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks