12th June 2009

An afternoon on Black Combe


Walk Overview
Time 12.45 to 17.15
Duration 4hr 30 min
Distance 7.6 mile
Ascent 2200 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Whitbeck Church - Seaness - Townend Knotts - Black Combe - Charley Fold - Butcher's Breast - Fell Cottage - Whitbeck - Whitbeck Church
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

Whitbeck Church; the starting point for today's walk onto Black Combe.

After a short walk along the road we starting to ascend the west coast side of the fell.

The view back down to Whitbeck and the Cumbrian coast.

A slight detour from the obvious route took us across to Seaness. The southern most point of the ridge.

A patchwork of fields in Witcham Valley.


A close up of Barrow-in-Furness and Walney Island.

Just below the summit is Black Combe Tarn.

Jennifer, waiting patiently for me to get to the summit after I walked across to the tarn.

Lunch with a view.

A close up picture of west Cumbria, dominated by the Sellafield site. It's only from the fells that you realise just how big the site is.
Notice the Scottish hills in the distance.

Looking across Black Combe Screes.

Charley Fold.

On the way back to the main path I crossed Hentoe Beck which was as dry as a bone. It's just about impossible to see in the picture, but from this side of the fell you can see a steady stream of traffic on the Corney Fell road.

Black Combe, seen here from the sheepfold near Hallfoss Beck.

The path back down to the valley seemingly heads in the wrong direction for a while, initially heading towards Bootle, before turning sharply around to follow the line of the intake wall back to Whitbeck.


A close up of Bootle.

The ruins of Hall Foss.

I can't believe that after such a hot and sunny start to the walk we ended up doing the final part of the walk in the rain.

At last, I've managed to be here when I could get inside the church. They were actually cutting the grass when we got back to the car, so I asked if they could open the door so I could take some pictures.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks