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Black Combe

A moderate walk (low hills and fells (below 600m)) in national park Lake District starting and finishing in Cumbria, England, about 11.00km (6.84 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 4:45h. It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 576m (1889ft)
Descent 567m (1860ft)
Max. Elevation 600m (1968ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 1143m (3749ft)
Silecroft station
Bootle Station, Millom, Cumbria, England
Distance 11.00km
Duration ~4:45h
Car Free Walks TeamCreated by Timwoods on 22 Feb 2008
Head to the south western fells in the Lake District and you can have the tops to yourself, even on a summer's day. The hills in this quiet corner are just as enjoyable as their more famous neighbours, and with fewer walkers and paths it's easier to lose yourself for a few hours (in a good way, of course). There's also the bonus of fine views across the Lakes, and out across the Irish Sea. The train line on the west coast provides easy access to many walks in the quiet and enticing region.

Walk Functions


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Walk Map

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Start of the walk. From the station, head through the village towards the A5093 and pick up the footpath on the other side towards Whicham.
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Take the path towards the hamlet of Kirkbank and pick up the bridleway that heads up Black Combe via Moor Gill. From here, the bridleway will take you straight up the southwestern flank of the mountain.
About 1.51 km (~0.94 miles) from
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From the summit, take the time to head along the top of the cirque and enjoy the intriguing shapes and features of Black Combe. From the Whitecombe screes at the northern end, head northwest along Grassgill Beck towards Bootle.
About 2.08 km (~1.29 miles) from
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There are several routes down from the fell. A wild option is to head down the northwest shoulder. About halfway down, leave the bridleway and head for the valley ahead.
About 1.71 km (~1.06 miles) from
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Cross the stream and pick up the track that leads to Bootle.
About 1.70 km (~1.06 miles) from
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Stop at the pub in Bootle if there's time before the train from Hycemoor (note it's another 20 minutes to the station, and trains only every two hours!)
About 2.02 km (~1.26 miles) from
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Follow the quiet road from Bootle to Hycemoor, where you can catch the train.
About 1.61 km (~1 miles) from

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