- Range Walking Club
- Sunday 15th July 1990-South West
- There are few areas in the Lake District in which the
club has not but this month's walk, based at Black Combe
and Millom (South-west Lakes), is one of them. It is a
pleasant area with some good views all around from
Scafell via Ulpha Fells, Coniston Old Man,
Barrow-in-Furness, The Isle of Man and back to Ravenglass
Estuary. Blackpool Tower should also be visible and with
a good pair of binoculars even Formby Point. Black Combe
is easily seen from Formby Beach on a good day. The walk
takes place on Sunday, 15th July and the coach will leave
school at 8.00 a.m. The cost is as usual, £3.00 for
adults and £2.00 for children. Please return slips to
Barbara Craine in the school office by Thursday, 5th
Starts 4 miles West of Broughton-in-Furness G.R. 177858.
We head North to climb Knott Hill (921') then descend to
Swinside Stone Circle before a steep ascent of Swinside
Fell (1495'). From here we move South-west to Blackcombe
and its Southern viewpoint (1970') via Stoupdale Crags
and White Combe. The descent South to Whickam is on a
path described by Wainwright as amongst the "most
delectable of Lakeland Fell paths". Pleasant
undulating country lanes take us to our finish in Millom.
Distance: 12½ miles
- Ascent: 2500'
Leaders: Dave Luty and Ian Mitchell
Starting at G/R 156849 the party will move Northwards,
fairly steeply at first, then more gently up White Combe
to the ridge at 1500 ft. A very gentle ascent up a grassy
ridge leads to the summit of Black Combe at 1970 ft. All
along the ridge, and particularly during the descent
towards the coast, there are splendid views. The descent
ends at Whickam, (137827) and from there on minor roads
and footpaths past Millom Park and High Lowscales through
pleasant country to the finish at Millom.
Distance: 11 miles
- Ascent: 2250'
- Leaders: John Hughes and Patrick Ferguson
Starting at Beckside on the A595 the walk heads due North
alongside a delightful beck. Whilst most of the climbing
(1380') is done in the first two miles up to White Combe,
it is fairly gentle to start with, becoming a little
steeper nearer the top but only for a short distance.
Ascents will be done at an easy pace. From White Combe we
descend back to the A595 via Boystone Bank Reservoir,
crossing the road at its junction with the lane to
Dunningwell. There follows a pleasant section across Whincham Valley in a generally Southern direction,
skirting Millom Park on its Western boundary and in doing
so climbing the remaining 420', before finally dropping
down into Millom.
Distance: 8½ miles
- Ascent: 1800'
- Leader: Arthur Jones
An easy and pleasant walk with some road walking.
Although little climbing is involved sufficient height is
gained to give good views of the Duddon Estuary and
Furness Fells. We start at Millom (ref. 172802 sheet 96
Landranger Series) and head West along a quiet road.
After about ¾ mile we turn Northward and follow a path
to Millom Castle, then by road and track we reach Millom
Park. We enter the park and after walking through the
forest to the northern boundary turn Eastward to cross
the main Millom road at The Hill. Our route takes us down
to the Duddon Estuary where we turn Southward and walk
along the embankment above the sea washed turf of Millom
Marsh to Millom and the car park.
Distance: 7 miles
- Ascent: 270'
Leaders: Bob Hutt and Dave Griffiths