Today was very much a day of two halves. This morning was wet and windy with low-cloud. This afternoon was hot and sunny with beautiful blue skies. I drove to Whicham this morning, where I parked in St. Mary's Church car park (voluntary donation for parking), for an ascent of Black Combe .

Hill: Black Combe
Date: Wednesday 15th April 2015
Company: Just myself
Distance: 8km, Ascent: 580m
Time: 2Hrs 30Mins

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Prior to walking up Black Combe, I sat in the car waiting for the rain to stop. I eventually gave up waiting and set off walking in the rain.

St. Mary's Church, Whicham:

Old School House, Whicham:

The cloud-level was sitting around 200m; visibility was really poor.

Public Bridleway to Black Combe:

During the ascent, I didn't bother taking photos of low-cloud. The following two photos were actually taken during the descent.

Apart from the low-cloud and almost zero-visibility the walk was fairly pleasant. Just a case of following the wide public bridleway all the way to the summit.

Ascent of Black Combe:

Looking back towards Millom:

On reaching the summit area, I had a good walkabout as I was not convinced the trig point was the high point. This was possibly because the mist was playing tricks with my vision, as several places seemed highest.

I did consider sitting in the shelter and waiting for the cloud to lift but as there was no certainty that it would lift I returned back down the hill.

Summit trig point and shelter of Black Combe:

During the descent, the cloud started to lift and by the time I got back to the car the cloud-level had risen to circa 500m. As there were signs that the day was improving, I drove round to Corney Fell for an ascent of Whitfell. I parked at the bridge over the Buckbarrow Beck where there is room for two or three cars.

Hills: Whitfell and Buck Barrow
Date: Wednesday 15th April 2015
Company: Just myself
Distance: 8.8km, Ascent: 405m
Time: 2Hrs 25Mins

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Once on the public bridleway, I followed it to it's end on Burn Moor.

Public Bridleway to Whitfell:

I was a bit displeased to look back and see Black Combe now free of cloud. However on the plus side, it was becoming an increasingly nice day and I was about to ascend another hill .

Looking back towards a now cloud-free Black Combe:

Ascent towards Burn Moor:

As I progressed towards Whitfell, Buck Barrow was increasingly catching my attention.

Buck Barrow:

I stopped briefly at a viewpoint cairn on the flank of Burn Moor.

At viewpoint cairn on flank of Burn Moor:

I carried on across the wide expanse of Burn Moor not really thinking it was a hill top. I failed to go to the summit cairn of Burn Moor realising afterwards that it is a Wainwright Outlying Fell.

Looking towards Whitfell from Burn Moor:

I got good views towards the Eskdale hills and beyond during the walk across Burn Moor. I could see no snow remaining on any of the hills.

Lake District hills:

Ascending Whitfell:

I really enjoyed looking at the clouds today. There were some beautiful skies.

Looking back towards Buck Barrow and Burn Moor:

On reaching the summit of Whitfell, I took some photos and then made my way back towards Burn Moor.

At the summit of Whitfell:

View from the summit of Whitfell:

Whitfell summit cairn and shelter:

However, there was no way I was not ascending Buck Barrow, it looked too good to miss! I therefore cut across towards Buck Barrow.

Heading across to Buck Barrow:

From a distance, the Buck Barrow summit looked really rocky; a bit like a mini Cobbler. However despite it's rocky appearance, getting to the summit is just a walk.

Beautiful sky above Buck Barrow:

At the summit of Buck Barrow:

After visiting the summit of Buck Barrow, I also visited Great Paddy Crag and Kinmont Buck Barrow (535m top).

Looking towards Kinmont Buck Barrow from top of Great Paddy Crag:

Looking towards Black Combe from the summit of Kinmont Buck Barrow:

I could see my car from the summit of Kinmont Buck Barrow. I therefore made my way back directly, in a straight line, towards the car.

Looking towards Ravenglass and Seascale during descent:

This afternoon's walk more than made up for this morning's poor weather.

Buck Barrow is a real gem of a hill. If ascending Whitfell, a Buck Barrow extension is a must.