GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Black Combe

5 miles (8 km)

Black Combesits in the south west cornerof the Lake District. It's proximity to the coast means you get fabulous sea views from the 1970foot (600m) summit. On a clear day you can see Wales, Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man. This walk starts from a parking area off the A5093 near Silecroft. You can also access the route from the nearby Silecroft train station. The route follows good footpaths through Whicham, before climbing to Townend Knotts and on to the Black Combe summit. The views are magnificent with the Pennine Hills, theForest of Bowland, Blackpool Tower, Snowdon and Scaffel Pike all visible on a clear day. You can descend by the same path or continue round to Whitbeck to turn it into a circular walk.
This walk shows a direct route up to the summit but you could also go via White Combe as shown in the video below.
If you'd like to continue your walking in the area then you could head to the nearby Hodbarrow Lakes Nature Reserve in Millom.

Black Combe OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Black Combe Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Head to the Miners Arms in Silecroft for some post walk refreshments. There's a beautiful log fire indoors where you can warm yourself on a cold day. In the summer months there's a nice beer garden to relax in. You can find the pub on Main Street, near the train station, with postcode LA18 5LP for your sat navs.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


Cairn, Black Combe - - 797955

Cairn, Black Combe On the South Top. The coast only just in view today through the haze

Black Combe Screes - - 796474

Black Combe Screes. Looking towards White Combe. Duddon in the distance. The craggy face and bulk of Black Combe is a familiar sight for miles around. Well seen from the other side of the bay by 'thousands of pepole from their sitting rooms in Morecambe' (Harry Griffin).

Black Combe - - 467572

Viewed from the beach on a windy day

Moorgill route up Black Combe - - 168465

Moorgill route up Black Combe

Elevation Profile


GPS Files

GPX File

Black Combe.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>'Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Share>Save to Files')

Memory Map Route

Black Combe.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>'Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Share>Save to Files)