9th June 2015

Visiting the Lake District Tarns - Walk 52

Black Combe Tarn

Time 5 to 8pm
Duration 3 hr
Distance 5.5 mile
Ascent 2000 ft
Walking with Kayleigh Turnbull
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


A couple of weeks ago I mentioned the idea of walking up Black Combe one evening. The only thing missing at the time was some decent weather. Today was quite different and thankfully summer had finally arrived. So, this evening saw us heading south along the Cumbrian coast for an ascent of this big bulk of a fell. Time wise it's a bit longer then our normal evening walks but the route is straightforward with little in the way of difficulty other than the fact that the first two and a half miles are all uphill. On the flip side to that, the return journey is obviously all down hill so this makes for a great walk for those wanting to get up high yet don't have the time to spend all day doing it.

It doesn't take long to gain height on this walk. In hardly any time at all we're able to look back along the coast and although it was a little hazy, we could still see St Bees Head, the Isle of Man and Scotland.

After the initial steep walk up from the road, we arrive at the flat area around Seaness. From here we head around to the left to join up with the main path up to the top of Black Combe.

A close up of Barrow in Furness and the Lancashire coast beyond.

Not the clearest of pictures but in the background you can make out Blackpool Tower.

and here's a wider view looking south.

Looking ahead, the path twists it's way across the high point in front of us. As I said at the time "No, that's not the top".


Patchwork fields next to the coast.

These two guys had followed us most of the way up but eventually caught up with us not far from the top. We'd see them again shortly, absolutely hurtling back down the path.

Well, the cloud had eventually worked its way across and we were now walking in the shade while the lower level areas next to the coast enjoyed bright sunshine all the way to sunset.
That's Scotland in the distance on the opposite side of the Solway Firth.

and there they go !!

Black Combe summit.

Black Combe summit view. It's quite a distance from here to the higher fells you can see over there so the view is much better if the sun is shining. Never mind, it was still fantastic to be standing up here at almost 2000ft ASL after a day at work.

Barrow and Walney Island seen from the summit.

There's time for a quick bite to eat in the summit shelter before we make our way to the tarn.

A close up of Esk Pike, Bow Fell and Crinkle Crags.

In a little hollow just across from the summit is Black Combe Tarn.

The water makes it look quite windy but while we were here there was hardly enough wind to blow my hair out of place.



Back at the car next to Whitbeck Church.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks