2nd April 2017

Walk 2 - Black Combe from Whicham Church

Time 12:15 to 3pm
Duration 2 hr 45 min
Distance 5.3 mile
Ascent 1900 ft or there abouts
Walking with Paul Sharkey
Whicham Church - Kirkbank - Moor Gill - Blackcombe Tarn - Black Combe - Blackcombe Screes - and back
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre -
Car Park, Whicham Church

There's plenty of room on this church car park tucked away at the base of Black Combe. Parking is free and I imagine you'd never find the place too full to grab a space.

Route Map


After a short drive around from Corney Fell, we arrive at Whicham church where we'd begin our second walk of the day. Walking through the churchyard was warm, sunny and very peaceful indeed. It was fantastic to be out and about on such a day.

This is what I like to see. Proof that it really is springtime; which is my favorite couple of months of the year. The time when everywhere we see signs of new life. Lambs in the fields, trees in bud and hedgerows dotted with flowers like these primroses. This is the time when I find myself looking excitedly to the coming months and I start thinking about the walks I'll be able to do with the arrival of the lighter evenings, hopefully hotter days and if we're lucky, long spells of dry weather.


Lovely countryside around here.


Looking down to Seaness (the flatish bit) and the cumbrian coast.

Looking ahead, you can see the path cutting through the heather up there, all the way maintaining a steady incline.

Despite passing quite a few people on the way up, when we got here the place was deserted apart from two ladies (sisters) who were sitting on the side of the shelter. We all passed on our hellos and after taking a couple of pictures the two of us headed over to Blackcombe Screes for something to eat; even though I'd ate mine on the drive from Corney Fell - - actually that bit's got nothing to do with what I'm talking about. What I'm leading up to is, the reason I know they were sisters is because quite by chance we saw them again towards the end of the walk where they asked if I was me. I was, so thanks for stopping us for a chat. I don't always mention it on here but it's always very gratifying to be recognised in this way.

Dinner with a view.



On the way back down now and as daft as this might sound, Black Combe is one of those fells that really does feel up hill from bottom to top and down hill from top to bottom, which, if you've done enough of this stuff, you'll know isn't always the case.

A close up of Walney Island. Too hazy for a view of Blackpool Tower today but I'm sure it's still there.

Power generation (just).



And to finish, we have a look inside Whicham church, then we congratulate ourselves on having spent a great day among some of Lakelands lesser visited fells.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks