Black Combe - Lake District Walk

Wednesday 10th July 2013

The last time we did Black Combe the summit was hidden beneath the clouds and as a result we missed the cairn on the south top of Black Combe, today we went in search of the elusive cairn.

Start: Beckside (SD 1527 8469)

Route: Beckside - Whicham Mill - Horse Back - Black Combe - South Top of Black Combe - Black Combe - Whitecombe Head - Whitecombe Beck - Beckside

Distance: 6 miles      Ascent: 589 metres      Time Taken: 4 hours 20 mins

Terrain: Predominantly on clear paths.

Weather: Overcast but humid.

Pub Visited: The Manor Arms, Broughton    Ale Drunk: Yates Bitter

Route Map >>


Whicham Mill

Whicham Mill as we head for Whitecombe Valley.

White Combe

Entering the valley and White Combe comes into view.

Whitecombe Beck

The path runs alongside Whitecombe Beck.

White Hall Knott

Looking across to White Hall Knott from the first rocky outcrop on Horse Back ridge.

Whitecombe Head

Further up the ridge and our return route from Whitecombe Head is in sight.

Black Combe Tarn

We missed out the summit and headed for the summit tarn to find the elusive cairn on Black Combe's South Top.

South Top of Black Combe

Last time we were here we must have stood on this spot and because the cloud was so low couldn't find this cairn.

Hard to believe we could miss it but we did, despite spending a good while trying to locate it.

Walney Island

We had lunch by the cairn looking out across Walney Island. Sadly the black cloud that was hanging above us meant the views were limited.

Black Combe's summit

We retraced our steps and headed for Black Combe's summit.

Buck Barrow

The rocky summits around Buck Barrow are easy to pick out despite the gloom.

Whitecombe Screes

Our route took us across the top of Whitecombe Screes.

Whitecombe Valley

All we needed to do now was follow the path back down Whitecombe Valley and head home.


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