Black Combe

Saturday, 8 March 2014
8.6miles/13.8km
2470ft/750m ascent
Trail 100 #25


Black Combe (1969ft/600m) is the last big mountain in the South West Lakes District before the Irish Sea. It’s a long drive across the peninsulas past Barrow and Ulverston to reach Millom.

We decided to walk around the back of the hill and then walk back over the top. The walk starts with a gentle route along the Western edge of the hill which rises gradually and gets more rugged as you cross the streams.

The route took us through a pretty hidden rock strewn valley.

Black Combe - Rocky Valley 1Black Combe - Rocky Valley 3

Black Combe - Rocky Valley 2

After stopping for lunch we decided to leave the main path and just follow the stream up the valley to the top. Off the path the ground was a mix of bog and deep heather which made the ascent slow and arduous – it would probably have been quicker to stay on the path.

On a clear day the view from the summit would be spectacular. In the North the Scafell and Coniston groups of hills are prominent, while looking South or West the open expanse of Morecambe Bay and the Irish Sea beyond.

Black Combe - Irish Sea

 

Black Combe - Summit 2 Black Combe - Summit 1


Route

Starting at the layby  (SD132822).

 

Black Combe Route

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