Sunday, 22nd January 2017

Walk: Black Combe, Holegill Beck, Annaside Banks, Whitbeck St. Mary Church, Silecroft
Start Point: Layby on the A5093 near Silecroft Grid Reference: SD 132 822
Distance: 12.5 miles Ascent: 2,500 feet
Time: 6 hours
Weather: After an early fall of “frozen snow” the weather was dry but cold
Comments:

Nine walkers joined me on this walk over and around Black Combe. The conditions on the fell were better than I expected and we did get some views on the descent from Black Combe. Some of the field paths were a little wet in places particularly around Annaside Farm.

A low mist and freezing conditions . . .

had created some picturesque sculptures . . .

on the low growing grasses . . .

as we made our way . . .

up the long ascent . . .

to the summit of . . .

Black Combe . . .

where we enjoyed our morning break . . .

and posed for a group photo

After crossing Holegill Beck . . .

it looks like 'The Last of the Summer Wine' . . .

are trying to work out . . .

where the sheep are going

A bright patch of colour as we head west

Who's crossing our patch?

Let's have some fun . . .

and enjoy the mud!

Reaching Annaside Bank . . .

we find a sheltered spot for lunch

No swimming when you've just eaten John

Making our way south . . .

there are signs of severe erosion

Looking back to Annaside Banks

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