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Name:Black Brows
Hill number:5294
Height:268m / 879ft
Parent (Ma):2667  Top o' Selside
RHB Section:34D: Southern Cumbria
Nuttall/Wainwright area:Lake District - Southern Fells
County/UA:Cumbria (CoU)
Catchment:Leven (Ulverston)
Class:Hump, Tump (200-299m), Clem
(Hu,Tu,2,Cm)
Grid ref:SD 36260 92621
Summit feature:rock outcrop
Drop:126m
Col:142m  SD360941  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 96 97
(1:25k) OL7N
Survey:obvious summit
GPS data:show GPS entries for this hill

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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 64 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
With K. Space for two cars to pull off road to NW. Both of us saw a fairy out of the corners of our eyes as we parked. Trees made some spooky noises and there were tracks of animals like boar although it couldn't be? Followed footpath then wall. No problems, some parts actually have quite large path. Tiny amount of scrambling necessary to reach exciting summit. Pulled half a dozen ticks off ourselves afterwards.Ashley02/07/2019
From Ausin Fell then rough ground through felled trees, switching to left of wall to avoid mature trees, then into trees where there is a faint path (with bike tracks)which takes you to the top. The top is quite a surprise and well worth it.DC11main03/03/2019
Concealed parking area on hardstanding by corner of wood at SD36938 93849 (space for 2 cars) - Up road for 650yd & then along RoW to gate in wall - Up between trees on W. side of wall before switching to E. side - With about 300yd to go, picked up good path to summit crag. Up large crack at NE end. (S)gerrybowes31/07/2018
From Hazelseat saw mills, Ausin Fell first then rough undulating ground, with plenty of wind fall and brash to negotiate. Worth it though, massive angled slab outcrops at HP, nice wee scramble - easier routes are available. Continued N, roughly following wall to pick up a RoW and heading NE to the road.jonglew19/03/2018
Also parked at SD369935 - on wide bend in road to NE. Relatively quiet road - well it was in Novembercarole engel29/11/2017
Black Brows from GR: SD 36790 93257ronaldo33330/09/2017
Final Lakes Hump. Impressive blade of rock. A fun walk up through the trees and bracken with Bryher and Rick.jenx01/08/2017
Final Lakes Hump with Jenx and Bryher, from good parking on the road to East at a track made to take out timber, about 100m south of the FP leading in. Followed track to gate and then on west side of that found a good trail up through the pines that leads to an easy gap in the wall and even easier scrabble up to the summit. Not sure why folk have had a problem with this one, very straightforward. Coupled with Wainwright Outlier completion next on Finsthwaite Heightsnordicstar01/08/2017
With Sail, Evan, Eire & Alfie following wall from track to North. Continued southwards through the forest to tackle Ausin Fell. A terrible area for parking - narrow busy roads and spaces blocked on purpose by rocks or logs.Dangerous Dave29/10/2016
Managed to park at the end of a forestry track just south of the start of the footpath on mick's route. It was a wet afternoon, but I found the walk enjoyable. The summit rock is easiest ascended from the north east, where there is a groove in the rock. The area would be much less pleasant in summer, when the bracken is up.JohnW24/03/2016
Parked on road to the NE and used the footpath before ascending the hill staying to the east of the wall to gain this lovely rocky summit. Bagged in my black wellies as very damp conditions underfoot.Dugswell211/03/2016
From Middle Dale Park path then wall as an handlebar.Eddie29/09/2014
Followed Mick's instructions (thank you) from tricky parking at SD 36950 93536. Summit really is a gem!David Gradwell13/04/2014
Parked on road near Can Wood then walked back up road. The locals put large logs in the lay byes as a welcome. Followed ROW signed Middle Dale Park. Up to wall then followed wall left through trees head down bent double at times.No path to speak of. Very boggy rides to left of wall make escape unpleasant (Des Taylor is an optimist!). However well worth this short period of discomfort as the top is wonderful. One of the most interesting tops in the district IMHO. Small crags among a delightful area of old Larches. Top is a sharks fin of rock with a sloping face. Wonderful!mick09/04/2013
Nice rocky summit on a miserable little hill. Negotiating trees was hard work and hat and glasses were ripped off several times. Open rides were extremely boggy when I tried to escape the trees.chriswatson28/02/2013
Hawkshead to Windermere. From Middle Dale Park there looked to be a more direct trail leaving ROW at springs (SD360929) but continued to the wall guided approach.Smudge18/11/2012
Avery wet and boggy walk from the NE. Good views from top. I followed the wall most of the way.DARRENG22/09/2012
My last HuMP in Cumbria. Mrs B climbed it in April 2010. Forest track turned into a single path uphill to where a stone wall disappeared into the forest on the left. Trees whipped off hat. Dropped map case, but found it again. Checked with GPS that a descent was part of the approach through dense tree cover. Onto a more open area with craggy rocks and another gappy wall on the other side of a swamp. Through a gap and immediately recognised the passage between two rock fangs from Mrs B's photos. Up diagonal narrow green crevice using knees to maintain adhesion, standing upright to the top of the left hand slab. Got foothold where I could put my hand on the topmost point. 12.15.arranc21/03/2012
Climbed on a weekend stay at Near Sawrey. Limited parking on west side of Hawkshead-Newby Bridge road at about SD369938 before road ascends. Followed Des Taylor's route - not too bad in trees.Man of Kernow113/11/2011
Layby N of Hazleseat. Two trails: LH muddy, logging, RH better. At clearing up hill, deep bracken. Amazing - the precise summit on a rocky arete can be defined to 2cm!Aye Jimmy23/08/2011
Easy parking to NE. Follow path to wall and gate. Follow up by wall for 200m - some trees but old and no problem. Then see brighter patch to left and follow stream to top. No need for body armour.destaylor02/06/2011
From Green Hows Tarn to south. Though forest to wall at SD 362918 then through lots of trees to rocky summit. Wouldn't recommend this route!citygent26/03/2011
From west at Low Dale Park-pleasant path at first but to reach the summit have to crash through skin-ripping firs. Open space near summit but top is over the wall and into the forest again! Small hills are the hardest!peebs28/08/2010
Was low cloud today so doing some lower hills. Too many trees.Alan Moore08/04/2010
A deviation from my route between controls 4 and 5 on Course 11 - Regional Orienteering event.summitsup19/04/2009
With Rowland & Ann Bowkerjimbloomer19/09/2008
An interesting top to achiev - looks like trees on the map and boy are there plenty - not much of a path either! but for all that the actual top is rocky and clear and empty - a lakeland gem if you can get there!gigglejon01/03/2008
Orienteering at its best on the premier JK event. Finding the control close to the summit fins of rock was relatively easy but the demands of the leg to get there were huge- very long, diagonally steeply uphill with thick trees/ bracken hindering progress, energy and resolve at every step.Chris Pearson11/04/2004
entertaining complex hill. follow tks from 367926 then thru pltn to find summit RHW21/04/2002
2/3 Parked at 356941 on Dale Park road and walked up track through open deer fence. Continued on tracks until parallel with summit then just found easy way through trees to top. Then back to road, down road South to Bends before Middle Dale Park. Found a trod which diagonally joins up with the Footpath from Middle Dale, joined footpath and walked to col to use the route to summit of Black Brows via the wall line as described by others. Then used same wall to cross towards Bleaberry Fell area to get to Ausin Fell. Bleaberry Fell bit has been felled but there are reasonable forestry vehicle tracks that get you down to the tracks leading easily to Ausin Fell. Then down via Bridleways to Low Dale Park and back up the lane. 3 hours or so. Good for a drizzly day. Fine views of the last two.nickywood1blank
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