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Black Sails
745m (2445ft)

The Southern Fells, The Lake District, Cumbria, England


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71st highest in England,
125th in England & Wales

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88th highest in England,
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Walk Black Sails walking UK Mountains in The Southern Fells The Lake District National Park Cumbria    England

Black Sails Summit

Photo: David Elliott

You can find Black Sails & all the walks that climb it on these unique free-to-access Interactive Walk Planning Maps: (click/TAP to select)

The Lake District National Park


1:25,000 scale OS Explorer Map (the ones with orange/yellow covers):

OL6 The English Lakes - South Western area


1:50,000 scale OS Landranger Maps (the ones with pink/magenta covers):

89 West Cumbria, Cockermouth & Wast Water


90 Penrith & Keswick, Ambleside


See Black Sails and the surrounding tops on our free-to-access 'Google Style' Peak Bagging Maps:

See Black Sails and the surrounding tops on our downloadable PDF Peak Bagging Maps:

NB: Whether you print off a copy on to paper or download it to your phone, these PDF Peak Baggers Maps will prove incredibly useful when your are up there on the tops and you cannot get a phone signal!


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You can walk to the top of Black Sails by using any of these 5 easy-to-follow route maps:

Other walkers who hiked, climbed, bagged and summited Black Sails Fellow go4awalkers who have already walked, climbed, summited & bagged Black Sails

Kevin Foster walked up Black Sails on September 6th, 2021 [from/via/route] Low Tilberthwaite. [with] By myself. [weather] Cloudy. Summits mostly covered. Good visibility on lower slopes. - An interesting route onto Wetherlam via Steel Edge. The one Wainwright doesn't mention in his books for some reason? Don't know why because it's a cracking way up. Sadly on Prison Band the cloud level was reached & the rest of the walk was view less. Of interest on route was the war memorial & Halifax bomber crash site between Swirl How & Great Carrs. The views opened up again on the descent of wet side edge & the clouds & sunshine poking through made for some great photos.

Alan Smith climbed Black Sails on September 15th, 2020 [from/via/route] From Coniston. With kev. Hot sunny day [with] kevin [weather] Sunny

Caroline Winter bagged Black Sails on April 11th, 2018 [from/via/route] Wrynose pass, Great Carrs, Grey Friar, Swirl How, Black sails, Wetherlam [with] Becky [weather] Cloud lifted & great views late morning/afternoon, breezy on ascent to Hell Gill Pike - Busy up here. Some off to Coniston from Swirl Hawse, we some how missed plane debris on Great Carrs! Lost time on descent of Prison Band & detour off path to Black Sails. Also, after rocky scramble decent.....ended up on the minor track to the mines, & boy was it steep & never ending. We were in dismay at another climb to get back over to Wet Side. Late for booked meal, but fantastic circuit

Anthony Scott hiked Black Sails on September 22nd, 2015 [with] me

Graham Coules summited Black Sails on April 23rd, 2017 [from/via/route] Nel Foot bridge [weather] Perfect

Louis Smith conquered Black Sails on July 12th, 2015 [from/via/route] temperature inversion

Mark Davidson has scaled Black Sails [with] Theresa [weather] Can't remember - Can't remember the date but would have been the late 1990's

Rob Cheshire walked up Black Sails on August 23rd, 2015 [from/via/route] From Three Shire Stone, horseshoe route including Great Carrs, Swirl How, Black Sails & Wetherlam. [with] Solo [weather] Warm & Sunny, with a moderate haze.

Darren Mortimer climbed Black Sails on July 21st, 2012 [from/via/route] Low Tilberthwaite [with] Dermot Palmer

Mark Purcell bagged Black Sails on August 10th, 2013 [with] TA

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More Photographs & Pictures of views from, on or of Black Sails

Coniston Old Man from Black Sails in the snow

Coniston Old Man from Black Sails in the snow

Photo: David Elliott (2)

Levers Water and The Old Man of Coniston from Black Sails summit cairn

Levers Water and The Old Man of Coniston from Black Sails summit cairn

Photo: Jon Nuttalls (14)

Black Sails and The Furness Fells from the summit of Swirl How

Black Sails and The Furness Fells from the summit of Swirl How

Photo: Ian Gaylard (18)


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