17th August 2008

Squelch, squelch, squelch from Devoke Water to Black Combe


Walk Overview
Time 09.20 to 15.05
Duration 5 hr 45 min
Distance 12.3 mile
Ascent 2700 ft
Walking with Andrew Leaney
Birker Fell Road - Devoke Water - Woodend Height - Yoadcastle - Stainton Pike - Holehouse Tarn - Whitfell - Burn Moor - Buck Barrow - Corney Fell Road - Stoneside Hill - Whitecombe Moss - Black Combe - Whicham Church
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Roadside parking, near Devoke Water (Birker Fell road)

Being one of the least frequented area of the Lake District means that the limited parking around here is generally adequate anyway. The obvious place to park to reach Devoke Water is at the crossroads at the Birker Fell Road for High Ground or Devoke Water. Although, there are a actually couple of other places close by with space for a couple of cars each.

Needless to say parking is free.


Route Map

The little bit of sunshine we had at the start of the walk was most welcome and gave off a really nice light. However, the black skies out towards the coast more than confirmed that we would be in for some heavy rain during the walk.

Heading down to Devoke Water. We were aiming for the fell on the left of the picture (Woodend Height). Luckily the cloud had lifted by the time we reached it.


The remains of the boathouse at Devoke Water.

Devoke Water seen from Rowantree How.

Woodend Height and what appears to be brightening skies. Not so in the opposite direction though.
From here we walked the short distance to Yoadcastle and although the rain hadn't actually started when we got there, walking any further without waterproofs would have been foolish. When the rain did start, it absolutely bucketed down!

Camera one had been packed away by now and I was now using the wet weather reserve camera. A brief gap in the rain allowed me to take this picture looking down to the coast. You can see the band of rain moving away on the right of the picture.

Holehouse Tarn and Stainton Pike in the distance. To describe this area in one word I'd have to say 'wet'.

Whitfell summit had been in cloud while we were walking up from Holehouse Tarn. Thankfully, after standing about for a couple of minutes the cloud lifted for us.


With the cloud now out of the way we had a clear view across to Burn Moor and Buck Barrow.

Still standing on Whitfell, this time looking back to Holehouse Tarn and Stainton Pike.

Burn Moor 'summit' cairn with Whitfell behind.

When we left the rocky top of Buck Barrow we headed down to the broken wall which leads directly to the highest point on the Corney Fell Road.

And here it is, an obvious place for something to eat before heading back into the wilds of south west lakeland.

The sheepfold at Charity Chair, just below Stoneside Hill.

Now that's what I call a wet area.
I really hate wearing gaiters, I just don't see the point in being uncomfortable for so long, with the only benefit being clean trouser bottoms or clean legs. In fact the only time I'd even consider using them is while I'm walking through snow. Having said that, if ever I come here again on a wet day, I'd probably pack them just to use along this bit. Wellingtons would be better, but they take up too much room.

The view back as we headed up the ridge (well sort of a ridge) below Black Combe. Not long after taking this picture we were back in the clouds again.

Black Combe summit and the first people we'd seen all day (I wonder why).

You'll have to take my word for it, but this is actually the end of Black Combe Tarn. The main bit of the tarn is about three steps from here yet we couldn't see it. Time to head across to the path I think!

A view at last.

The village of Silecroft.
Our second car was parked to the left of the buildings at the bottom of the picture.

Whicham Church.

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