Black Combe is situated on a peninsular in the Irish Sea and is often referred to as ‘ The hill with a woolly cap ‘ as it is often shrouded in mist.
Today it must have had its scarf on as well as the cloud base was down to 800 ft.
We started our walk from Whicham Church and we followed a farm track to Kirkbank where we joined a clear path that led us steeply up the fell side. The bracken gave way to heather as we continued to climb and visibility was down to 25 yards. The stony path does not go to the summit so Les and I decided to practice our navigation skills by trying to locate the large cairn at 1930 ft GR 135851. Using our GPS we noted out location and plotted our course. Walking on a compass bearing we set off across the domed summit. Soon we knew we were close and as the mist momentarily parted we saw the huge cairn. We were only 20 yards away but it had been obscured by the mist. The mist quickly closed in again and we plotted a course to the trig point and shelter at the summit ( 1970 ft )
Conditions improved as we descended towards Bootle and we were rewarded with superb
views along the Cumbria coast. The Isle of Man was also clearly outlined on the horizon.
We descended gently down the western slope of Black Combe passing Whitbeck Mill with its old waterwheel before a short section of road walking led us back to the car.
A super walk and a chance to practice our navigation skills.
We must go back and do it again on a clear day