This short walk in the little-visited south-western corner of the Lake District is easy to reach as it starts from the A595. It follows Whitecombe Beck up the steep-sided, tranquil, green valley where views improve with every step. From the lonely summit of Stoupdale Head, a wander across the rugged Whitecombe Moss plateau is followed by a smooth descent, broken only by a detour to the stylishly sharp ridge of White Hall Knott. The larger neighbouring hill, Black Combe, stands to the west and blocks views of the nearby Irish Sea, but the endless golden Duddon Sands can be seen stretching away to the south.
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Distance: 5 miles (8 km)
Total ascent: 447m
Time: 2 – 4 hours (Walking)
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Small parking area at the side of the A595, next to Beckside and directly opposite the lane leading to Ralliss House and Cottage. If this is full there is also a lay-by about 200 to the west, SD152847
Wide gravelly track up the valley, then faint path across the open moor.
The open moorland will be quite boggy in wet weather.
Weather and Hill Conditions: mwis: Lake District – Met Office: Lake District
Bus to Silecroft or Hallthwaites
OS Explorer OL6 (1:25,000), OS Landranger 96 (1:50,000) Directory Listings:
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Millom (01229 774 819); Broughton-in-Furness (01229 716 115); Ulverston (01229 587120)
by Chris Scaife
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