Name:Black Combe
Hill number:2646
Height:600.2m / 1969ft
SMC/RHB Section:34D: Southern Cumbria
Nuttall/Wainwright area:Lake District - Southern Fells
Topographical area:EL03 Scafell-illgill
Catchment:Duddon, Catchment Boundaries
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Simm, Dewey, Wainwright Outlying Fell,
Birkett, Synge, Fellranger, Clem, Trail 100
Grid ref:SD 13543 85486
Summit feature:ground on W side of shelter 8m W of trig point
Col:238.6m  SD 1807 9703  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 96
(1:25k) OL6S
Observations:ground 20m SSW at SD 13534 85471 is of equal height
Survey:Abney level
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Sunny, clear day. Parked by Beckside Farm and started walk past Wicham Mill following Whitecombe Beck. Tough clamber up hillide to left, welcome breeze as sun got hotter. Lunch gazing across Duddon estuary. Isle of Man visible to West. Broad plateau leading to summit, returned along path above Whitecombe screes then zig-zagged down to stream re-joining track past mill. A great day's walk after struggling initially.Peak Rambler09/07/2024
From Whicham Church. Lovely views but windy on top! 5 miles 1898ft elevationnell158330/03/2024
As others, Ascent from Whicham Church direct to summit, easy to follow. Very Windy on the summit and claggy. Descent by same routematty1971b28/03/2024
With the Old Guys. Excellent parking at Whicham Church.HardenC17/03/2024
Ascent from Whicham Church direct to summit, easy to follow. Windy on the summit, but fine views. Descent by same routeCumbriancyclist06/03/2024
Parked in the layby on the A595 immediately before the turning to Whicham church, although plenty of space in the community car park by the church (voluntary donation). Followed the winding track up to Black Combe and it's S Top. Hazy views but I imagine the view down the coast line from the large cairn on the S Top would be impressive. Cloudy and breezy walk. Solorichard6905/03/2024
Some snow on route up. Lovely sunshine for much of walk. With Rebekah, Delilah and Dan.simonjallen10/02/2024
From Railiss and along the RidgeRowanP02/06/2023
RevisitDave Geere26/05/2023
Simple up and down from Silecroft station via the obvious path. Excellent views all round - glad I put the effort in to get this in the bag.Richard26/03/2023
From Whitbeck parking (SD119839), N along PFPs on E side of intake walls (no waymarkers of any kind) to Holegill, then up RoW NE, then SE, to top. Down S ridge to Seaness, then NW down non-RoW towards Whitbeck - no exit to farm, but a faint FP cuts around E side of copse to emerge at PFP sign 300m SE of phone box.Isbjorn21/01/2023
Ran it on ownstuduncan30/10/2022
From Whicham Church Black Combe, Stoupdale Head, White Combe, Black Combe Southphilz00821/07/2022
From/to Townend HallLewisMat06/03/2022
An ascent of Black Combe from Beckside following AW's route to the summit, returning by the Gray Stones ridge. Bagged the following summits along the way: White Hall Knott, White Combe, Black Combe Trig, Black Combe South Top, Stoupdale Head and Gray Stones. 16km with 770m ascent in 4 hours. (S)silveracorn_alan30/10/2021
Our plan was to park on the minor road to the north to tackle Black Combe and Whitfell from the same parking spot. We just got through the road from the west by a matter of minutes before the closed it for a few weeks to replace the cattle grid. A reasonable three mile walk in from the north, mainly on feint paths. Blustery but dry day so made use of the shelter. Found one geocache before heading back north on a modified route to make better use of paths.Father Ted25/10/2021
With Val. Parked in lay-by near Church at Whicham. Past church yard short section of lane then good path to summit. Good weather but clouds covering summit so no view. (There is a car park adjacent to the church where parking is allowed with donations requested and an honesty box).mike.hoult23/08/2021
From WhichamThe Playful Pig27/07/2021
Solo. Came up from the South Top. Walked along the broad ridge to Stoupdale Head.Dangerous Dave10/07/2021
White Hall Knott, White Combe, Stoupdale Head, Black Combe and its South Top from Beckside. Sun, swirling cloud and an outstandingly enjoyable route for my Outlying Fells completion.Nick Down105/07/2021
Silecroft station - Black Combe South Top - Black Combe - Stoupdale Head - Stoneside Hill - Great Paddy Crag - Buck Barrow - Kinmont Buck Barrow - Whitfell - Burn Moor - Bootle station.Mark Jackson22/06/2021
From Whicham Church. Cloudy afternoon, but views below 450m.Peter_W_Mitchell 03/06/2021
I really enjoyed my walk over the Birketts in this area today. I started from the mountain road near Stoneside Hill and walked over in wonderful conditions. Breezy with white fluffy clouds and far reaching views!!morgs4mountains11/05/2021
Cloudy no view , clear on the way up . Also went to the south top (3869)Philposs27/02/2021
Walk with Ali and Paul in Great Weather, fantastic views with the Isle of Man, Scotland and even Ireland viewableAndybmogg26/09/2020
Morning walk, Black Combe, Stoupdale Crags, White Combe. From Whicham. With Steve.Longwojo18/09/2020
Second ascent, this time from Corney Fell road, rough going until ridge is reached. Treacherous bog at Black Dub best avoided.PeteF18/07/2020
Revisit with AlexDave Geere21/03/2020
From Whicham climbed Black Combe, White Combe and Stoupdale Head, returned to Whicham via Black Combe.Walkingmurphy19/01/2020
With the dogsDJWan18/01/2020
From Whicham church via S topTony J28/12/2019
Easy parking and path up from Whicham church. Cold and sunny morning, views from Cairnsmore of Carsphairn to Snowdon.Topographer5701/12/2019
Parked at Whicham Church, Black Coombe, Stoupdale Head, White Coombe, White Hall Knott and down via Whicham Mill and along the road to the church car park.Chipstertrain01/12/2019
Parked at Hallthwaites. Ascent via Baystone Bank and Grace Croft to Gray Stones and Stoupdale Crags to Stoupdale Head. On to Black Combe. Return to White Combe and descent back to Baystone Bank and return to car along A595.raymooremanx30/11/2019
From Whicham church. Cold, clear, with great views.vuirich29/11/2019
Up and down from the church, before heading to BaggerRambles at Slaidburn.Minto22/11/2019
From Silecroft station and back using the well-used bridle pathlecube21/10/2019
Revisit with PeteDave Geere15/10/2019
Took about 1 hour 30 to run from layby to summit and back. Dark when I arrived at top but still ran back down with head torch. Very enjoyable.axoree10/10/2019
Mountain bikingwinterwalker21/09/2019
3/4, from Beckside Farm. Tried to go up Horse Back but went up Anna Crag instead by mistake. Down by S ridge to start, caught in horrendous near-verticle, rocky, chest-high bracken. Sunny and warm. Rounsfell19/09/2019
(Walkers with) Torun Mcmoran, Caitlin Powell, Dave Topliss, Sue Woodhouse, Jo nee Woodhouse? (Parking/start) Beckside - Whicham Mill - Horse Back - Black Combe - Black Combe South Top - Stoupdale Head - Beckside.redbob17/08/2019
Climbed from Whicham on a wet morning but pretty good visibility from the summitGary Heath27/07/2019
From layby on A595.Slash321/07/2019
With K via usual route from chapel. Summit in mist. Ascent took 1 hr 20 mins, twice as quick as our usual rate. Diet matters.Ashley30/06/2019
From Whicham up the bridleway.NormanW06/04/2019
From the fell road to NNE, via Stoneside Hill and Stoupdale Head, in low cloud and drizzle following wall and fence much of way. Managed to avoid swamp on way up but it got me on way back. with M&V. Also went on to south top.PeterD28/12/2018
Up and down by trade route from Whicham. Very windy.russell6123/10/2018