22nd August 2014

Black Combe


Walk Overview
Time 1:10 to 3:50pm
Duration 2 hr 40 min
Distance 7.5 mile
Ascent 2100 ft
Walking with On my own
Whitbeck Church - Townend Knotts - Black Combe - 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.


Weather Readings

The Gadget
All readings were taken using a Kestrel 2000 Weather Meter
Live temperature recorded at the time I press the hold key
Maximum Wind Speed Maximum wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location Average Wind Speed
Average wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location
Wind Chill
Combination of wind speed and temperature. The gadget does the calculations not me.

Route Map


Whitbeck Church stands just above the parking spot for this walk. As for the walk itself, I suspect this is probably one of the hardest places for visitors to the Lake District to reach. I only live a bit further up the coast and it still took me 40 minutes to get home after the walk; well worth the effort though.

After a short walk through the shoulder high bracken I reach the path that would take me diagonally up the side of the fell. All the while offering views down the coast.

A view southwards towards Walney Island and Barrow in Furness. If you look really carefully you can see Blackpool tower.

Okay, perhaps that was a bit hard to see, but you can see it in this close up.

Looking south again to the seaside.


The side of Black Combe is clothed in heather at the moment. The scent was lovely as I made my way skywards.

Here's another close up of Walney Island and Blackpool Tower.


The view now switches to a northerly direction with the Sellafield site dominating the coastal area.

Black Combe summit in front of some very dark looking fells from Great Gable on the left to Crinkle Crags on the right.


I walk across to the edge of the summit area for a view down to the Duddon Sands.

Time to head down now and after walking along this path for a short distance I make my way across to the sloping ground on the left.

The path heads slowly downwards, but more to the point, it gives the impression that you're walking in the wrong direction.

Walking down through the heather which, , , ,

, , , , eventually gave way to the bracken. I know which one I'd rather have.

A close up of the Cumbrian coast. You can probably work out what the big place is on the right. And, just in case you aren't sure, the higher ground next to the coast is St Bees Head.

A not so close up picture of Bootle.

A close up of Bootle.


Seen better days.


Not a huge distance to go now.

The path now drops down to Whitbeck Mill which is now someone's house.


Very nice to see but what a shame they don't try to restore / maintain the wheel.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks