Black Combe Monday 19th June 2006

The low cloud and rain that had stopped us walking the day before continued today but as it was the last day we decided to head up to Black Combe anyway. At the start looking at the brightness out to sea we hoped the cloud might lift but Black Combe remained in cloud and was an exercise in navigation using a compass and GPS as visibility was often little more than a few feet.

Start: Beckside (SD 153 847)

Route:

Beckside - White Hall Knott (91) - White Combe (92) - Stoupdale Head (93) - Black Combe (94) - South Top of Black Combe (95) - Hallbeck Gill - Beckside

Distance: 6.5 miles     Ascent: 647 metres      Time Taken: 4 hrs 45 mins

Weather: Low cloud with light rain towards the end.

Pub Visited: None    Ale Drunk: None

Route Map >>

 

Wicham Valley

The Wicham Valley from the ascent to White Hall Knott.

Duddon Estuary

The clouds lifted briefly to give this view across the Duddon Estuary. The hills across the estuary are Kirkby Moor, the reservoir in the foreground is Baystone Bank Reservoir.

White Hall Knott

The summit of White Hall Knott with Black Combe lost in cloud behind it.

White Combe

White Combe from White Hall Knott.

White Combe summit cairn

White Combe summit.

Stoupdale Crags

Stoupdale Crags from Whitecombe Moss .....

Stoupdale Crags cairn

............. by the time we reached the summit of Stoupdale Head the cloud had descended, so no views.

View from Whitecombe Head

As we crossed Whitecombe Head the clouds lifted slightly to give this view of the valley below.

Black Combe summit

The summit of Black Combe. The England flag on the floor had been placed on the trig point a few hours early by Sean McMahon whom I had met at the start of the walk.

South Top of Black Combe?

We thought this was the summit cairn on the South Top of Black Combe, the GPS was giving us the correct grid reference. I have since found out that there is another much bigger cairn on the flat summit which we couldn't see in the mist.

Whiet Hall Knott

White Hall Knott, from Black Combe, with the Coniston hills just visible in the background. A few minutes later the clouds returned and White Hall Knott's summit disappeared.

Whitecombe Back

Whitecombe Beck.

 

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