Monday, 4 September 2017

Black Combe - 02 September


White Hall Knott, Hook Knott, Gray Stones, Raven Crag, Stourdale Head, Black Combe, Black Combe South Top

2 new Birketts, 504 in total, 37 remaining
4 new Synges, 549 in total, 98 remaining


Route finding was more difficult than expected because of the proliferation of bracken, shoulder high in many places which meant we could only follow existing trods. To begin with, as far as Hook Knott, this wasn't at all inconvenient but we then found ourselves on the wrong side of the river below Knott Hill. I intended to visit Knott Hill on the way to Raven Crag but we had to turn round and go to Gray Stones then to Raven Crag as an "out and back".

From Raven Crag to Black Combe and its South Top is easy walking and the views make it all a pleasure. The final descent turned into a bit of a meander, mostly in the wrong direction because the alternative would have been bushwacking or brackenwhacking direct to Whincham Mill which was not an attractive option.

I think this is the first time we have been on Black Combe and enjoyed any views at all. It was a little too hazy to see Winter Hill but that was only a small disappointment.

Whincham Mill below Black Combe
near Gray Stones
Looking North from Black Combe
Black Combe Trig Point
Approaching and Leaving Black Combe Summit
Black Combe South Top

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