A walk up Black Combe

Gareth had never been up Black Combe before and so, as we were staying not too far away at Flookburgh,it was a good opportunity to give it a go. For the most part we followed a route that Stan had taken us on a few years ago, parking the cars near Silecroft and ascending on a good path up Moor Gill and Townend Knotts. Unfortunately the clagg came down two thirds of the way up and the expected good views from the summit had to be left to the imagination. We did meet an interesting couple at the trig point though. They were about our age and came from St. Helens so a bit of banter ensued about Rugby League. (for those not aware St Helens and Wigan are great rivals). As well as nearing completion of Wainrights Outlying Fells they were also doing a list of waterfalls and the sources of rivers and their estuaries. ( Only rivers flowing to the sea and not tributaries into them)

Leaving the summit on a compass bearing, we started the long descent back down to the valley and the bridleway to Whitbeck. By now the sun was out and we had a very pleasant lunch stop before picking up the Cumbria Coastal route which we followed for 2.5 miles bringing us back to the car after an interesting and varied 12 miles walk.

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