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Name:Combs Head
Hill number:3646
Height:503m / 1650ft
Parent (Ma):2812  Shining Tor
RHB Section:36: Lancashire, Cheshire & the Southern Pennines
Nuttall/Wainwright area:The Peak District
County/UA:Derbyshire (CoU)
Catchment:Catchment Boundaries, Mersey, Trent
Watershed:Humber Estuary, Ardnamurchan Point to Lowestoft, Cardiff to Cape Wrath, Dover to Cape Wrath, Lowestoft to Duncansby Head, Land's End to John o' Groats, Liverpool Bay, The Lizard to Dunnet Head
Class:Dodd (500-599m), Dewey
(Tu,5,Dew)
Grid ref:SK 04064 75728
Summit feature:no feature
Drop:41m
Col:462m  SK053763  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 119
(1:25k) OL24W
Observations:large flat summit area; ground 400m NW at SK 03734 76015 is lower
Survey:Abney level
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Parked at the official end of the minor road from the A5004 which is also the Midshire's way, it is possible to drive further along this track but you will need a 4x4. Walked up Mid shire's way to access land on my right leading up to North West off Combes head, summit is just of path in heather then continued to follow path for well over an hour to reach the trig on Black Edge. Navigation is simple as the path sticks to the wall all the way only cutting into the moor when a stream is crossed. Seven and half miles in two hours forty minutes.WAYNE ROWLETT22/02/2020
Nice run over from Black Edge along wall on W of Coomb Moss avoiding the bogsdavechaffey13/11/2019
Combs Head > Black Edge from GR: SK 04216 74769Hippster21/09/2019
Combs Head > Black Edge from GR: SK 04216 74769ronaldo33321/09/2019
From lay-by on A 5004, via the Midshires Way north and a permissive path onto the plateau. Narrow path SE along the edge brought me close to the summit. Also visited the northern 500m ring contour before returning by the outward route. Solo.Man of Kernow120/08/2019
From Black Edge and then across Combs Moss; not something I'll recommend, boggy and very slow progress especially on a windy and wet day; energy sapping. Combs Head is a good end point though, and later dropped onto Midshires Way and back to Buxton for the return train, thoroughly soaked.JOHNS11/08/2019
summer solstice walk, to watch the sunsetAvidSockWearer21/06/2019
8 mile circular of Combs Moss from Buxton following the path around the edges re-bagging Black Edge (previously bagged in 2011)and Combs Head (previously bagged in 2016), fairly warm with high cloud cover all day nice views. Afterwards drove to and bagged Chelmorton Low and Sough Top trig.DanTrig08/04/2018
Solo. Walked up the A5004 from Buxton. Along Roman Road. Over fence to stone wall then summit just behind gritstone crag. Walked in mist and ground snow across Combs Moss to Black Edge.Dangerous Dave08/02/2018
Parked on A5004 WNW of Combs Head. Found a path up to the ridge and then right to summit of Combs Head. Decided to go across Combs Moss to Black Edge rather than driving round and doing a shorter walk from the other side. This was mostly pathless and, although the going was not too bad, it did go on a bit. Iy was a lovely cold, sunny November day though.clivevilla08/11/2017
Circuit of Combs Moss plateau, from Gout Lane car park. Four legged baggers are unfortunately not allowed on the plateau due to ground nesting birds.BobHancock05/11/2017
Same as boltonDavid Evans05/11/2017
Indistinct point in thick boggy heather near edge. Steep ascent on rough grass from road. Low grey cloud and cool breeze. From Whitehall Centre ( RHS meet) .Denise 04/11/2017
Ascent from lane on W side. Summit levellish bleak heather moorland with nice gritstone crags on SW side.RichardM04/11/2017
From S - tight parking opposite galvanised gates at road end.jimbloomer06/10/2017
KJF Completing our half circuit of Combs Moss along the wall edge path. Nothing specifically marks the heathery summit, apart from lots of larks and small gnat/midge clouds which will seek you out if you pause a while to enjoy the views.crazy02/09/2017
Parked at 043747 on the verge at the end of the Roman road. Took the public right of way from 036759 up to the summit. Wandered around the heather to find what I think is the highest point. Solo. Headed to BlackEdge.bolton04/08/2017
Parked at lay by outside the White Hall Centre then across field, along Roman Road and then up to the plateau. Saw Curlew establishing their territories and loads of Red Grouse then along to Black Edge.John Eley26/03/2017
Drove up the lane from the south to limit. No easy parking so asked if I could leave the car in house car parking space. Got lady owner out of bed for which I apologised profusely. She was great about it and allowed me to use a space. Then I encountered the gamekeeper who happily gave me the route up through a marked gate and track up to another gate onto grouse moor. Friendly helpful people all around. Must be Xmas spirit.Campbell Singer14/12/2016
Bagged from one car space at junction of main road and Midshires way track, previously that day doing an 8.9 mile walk on Thirkelow Rocks, High Edge, Hollins Hill, Oliver Hill and Axe Edge. Then driving to and bagging Grin Low, nice weather.DanTrig23/09/2016
With Jo, linear walk from Dove Holes along Cowlow Lane, then faint path up to Castle Naze Fort and then along Short Edge to Black Edge, then onto Combs Head, before descending to the Roman Road and going along the A5004 to Buxton. Weather; generally cloudy with sunny intervals, humid, moderate visibility due to the misty conditions.amblerbob15/09/2016
From end of road to south east- just room for one car at junction with main road.Mark Sims02/04/2016
Early morning in the mistwychwood15/03/2016
BMC Walkdentalchimp28/11/2015
6/8 Sixth of long day again old Man of Moy/The Cloud/Croker Hill/Gun/Burbage Hill/Combs Head/Black Edge/Bole HillFergalh20/09/2015
Parked in layby at 025760 then followed footpath up past White Hall centre to Combs Head. Over the wall, up a steep grassy slope with another wall at the top. Don't bother doing it this way - on the way back I discovered there was an easy path up just round the corner (not on the map!) Following this path takes you around the edge of Combs Moss up to Black Edge. Again, I wish I'd known about it on the way there - the moss isn't great for walking across!the_adam21/07/2015
Parked on grass verge by farm gate near entrance to White Hall Centre at 033764 (Room for 1 car) – Up rough road to stile at SK03678 75852 – Up track to gate & then SSE along path to within 30m of the unmarked summit. Continued along path to Black Edge. (S)gerrybowes28/06/2015
On a walk between Chapel-en-le-Firth and Buxton stations. Windy.alistairpooler31/05/2015
Surprised by a spring snowstorm on this hill. Parked on verge at end of Roman road to south.chriswatson24/03/2015
From the layby near the end of Old Road then up to the col and straight up and down. Wall is much easier to negotiate than it looks.SS01/01/2015
Start ~ 043747. Parked on verge, took road/track to north then path up to gate at the col. From summit headed north east across pathless moor to Black edge. Cloudy,damp day. With Wombourne, Ron & Pat.steve hudson20/11/2014
Parked at GR 043747 junction of A5002 and Roman road. Walked along Roman road and track for about 1 mile where a gate in the wall leads to a track up to the col then a short walk to the summit. We continued NE across a pathless heathland of bog, heather and tussock grass to Black Edge. Returned on path alongside wall SSW eventually passing through an adventure course reaching the main road by an Outdoor Pursuit Centre and a short walk back to car. With SH, RO and PR.wombourne20/11/2014
Walked up Roman Road till opposite hill, then over the gate then wall then passed crag onto flat moorland top.Dugswell212/07/2014
From Errwood Reservoir (car park at Bunsal Cob) via Midshires Way followed by a short ascent from Round the Bend. Stile with notice about Restricted Moorland (no dogs) gives access to an unmarked path which climbs over another stile to access the open moorland.pwhitaker_196614/06/2014
With Cabe and Bev on a round of Coombs moor.simon and co09/03/2014
From Black Edge, 3rd summit of the Day. I took a compass bearing from the intersection of fences at the 506 metre point on the edge to help miss the deep clough that joins Flint Clough and then headed up to the vague summit. I got a reading of 503 metres on land about 50 metres North East of the outcrops. The outcrops are lovely too. Next stop, Burbage Edge....Dazingdale18/11/2013
Parked in layby on A5004 and walked up Roman Road till opposite hill, then directly to it.Aye Jimmy21/07/2013
Small layby on the A5004 close to the start of the Old Road. First half a mile is tarmac followed by a short rough stretch. If you head direct to the top you have a stone wall to negotiate. May involve a short search for a suitable crossing place.moorsman29/01/2013
parked in layby on a5004, up onto midshires way tho' fields and onto 'summit' from there. Great run down.gav77704/08/2012
From Errwood Reservoir.adrianturner31/03/2012
Parked on Old Road at SK 03277 76428. Walked up road to stile at SK 03672 75852. Short climb to gate then very enjoyable walk all round edge to collect both DeweysDavid Gradwell11/03/2012
From the Roman road which is metalled up to the houses. Parking tricky but possible.destaylor21/01/2012
Parked near Cold Springs Farm, then went up the Midshires way. Nice walk.The Team10/07/2011
What a lovely hill, on a lovely day. Accessed via the Roman road, up to the gate and across the top of the rocks. The hill to the north looked like it might be as high so bagged that as well. So peaceful, great views!DanHolme12/03/2011
Buxton to Chapel en le Frith. Approached from Corbar Hill then set off through fog on compass bearing for Black Edge. Ground was very solid and wind very chill.Smudge04/01/2011
Freezing cold day with poor visibility and deep drifting snow. Quick climb up from Buxton and back down again.nosdrahcir02/12/2010
From Black Edge, on a walk from Chapel en le Frith to Buxton.steve hudson24/09/2010
from white hall then over thru pathless heather to black edgegigglejon12/06/2010
from buxton compleat circuit around edgessteven ruffles06/11/2009
Walked up from Combs reservior on a foggy night with a pal and our dogs.Flipperfeet23/02/2009