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White Coomb


Quick Facts
This is the height of the mountain above sea level. However, on the climb, it is the ascent that matters, i.e. the sum of all the uphill parts of the route.
821 m (2693 ft)

This is the standard notation used on Ordnance Survey Landranger maps.

Each reference consists of two letters identifying a 100,000 metre square block then three digits defining the Easting and finally the three digits defining the Northing with reference to the South West corner of the block.

NN166712 is the grid reference for the summit of Ben Nevis. Where you are given the map number ( For Ben Nevis = 41) it is acceptable to omit the two initial letters e.g. 166712. (Instructions on how to read the references are given on the OS maps).

Grid Ref.
An indication of this mountains height rank within its class. Where two mountains share the same height they are ordered alphabetically.
123 of 222 Corbetts
The number of ascent routes currently available on Munromagic.
Mountain names are usually in Gaelic, the native language of the Scottish Highlands, or have been derived from the old Scots and Norse languages. We give the most commonly accepted meaning, but accept that some of these are disputed.
Hill of the white valley

The UK is covered by 204 Ordnance Survey Landranger 1:50,000 scale maps. Maps numbered 1 to 86 cover Scotland but for the highest mountains (Munros) only 23 maps are required. The name given roughly describes the area covered by the map.

OS Landranger Maps Required
  79   Hawick & Eskdale, Langholm

A description of the characteristics of the mountain including any hazards of which you should be aware.

White Coomb is the highest point on a long branching ridge that runs from Carlavin Hill (736m), overlooking Talla Reservoir in the north, via Molls Cleuch Dod (785m), Firthybrig Head (763m), Firthhope Rig (800m) and White Coomb (Corbett) to Carrifran Gans (757m) in the south. The southern region of this long hill is very craggy in places.

The easiest ascent is from The Grey Mare's Tail (waterfall) car park on the A708 road from Moffat to Selkirk, from where a path leads through crags to the summit. However, given the structure of this mountain it should be treated as a ridge walk if transport can be arranged.

Hazards you may encounter on White Coomb include
 Crags on or near ascent routes.
 Crags within 1km of summit.
General Considerations
 Temperature decreases by 1degree C for every 100m of ascent.
 Wind usually increases with altitude.
 Visibility can change markedly with cloud level.
 River/Stream levels can increase markedly in one day.
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 Weather & OS Maps
Southern Uplands
by MWIS (PDF format)
Lake District
by Met Office
by Metcheck
White Coomb Area Map
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The summary information of one or more ascent routes that include White Coomb.

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 Routes that include White Coomb
  Ascent Distance Time Including... Description Rating
1 750 m 8.69 km 3.5 hrs White Coomb  A moderate route to White Coomb with terrain steep and rocky in places. Also, route takes you close to crags. Not Yet Rated 

Pictures submitted by members on the summit of White Coomb

 Baggers Gallery for White Coomb

Me on ascent of White Coombe via Mid Craig. On Mid Craig with Loch Skene below and Lochcraig Head in background. 05/07/2009.

© Mike Cowal

Image by Mike Cowal

Derryck Duncan at Loch Skene on ascent of White Coombe via Mid Craig, on left. Lochcraig Head in background. 05/07/2009.

© Mike Cowal

Image by Mike Cowal

Me at the summit of White Coombe, 05/07/2009.

© Mike Cowal

Image by Mike Cowal

Bill Harley on 25/06/2009.

© Mike Cowal

Image by Mike Cowal
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Recently Climbed By
scott mitchell on 05 Feb 2023

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White Coomb
by David McSporran
Hart Fell and White Coomb
by Paul Buchanan

Post a few words about White Coomb or read what others have had to say.

James Corrigan
wrote on
November 23, 2009
This area is most under rated and well worth a visit.The Gray Mare`s Tail is spectacular during wet weather and it really is the best time to see it.If you can find a crossing point over the Tail Burn before Loch Skeen take it and head for the dry stain dyke.Follow almost all the way to the summit of White Coomb.Trace back to Mid Craig and Loch Craig Head for a great day on these very nice hills.
Graham Ellis
wrote on
September 29, 2008
The Car Park is a £2.00 pay and display.
Leon Mooney
wrote on
May 11, 2008
Climbed on 10/5/08 - Took the path up past the Grey Mare's Tail and followed the wall to the summit on a very warm day. Went on to Firthhope Rig and Donald's Cleuch Head before decending Mid Craigs and returning to the Loch Skeen end of the path. Lots of people on the path as I returned to the car park, most of whom were turning back once they'd seen the waterfall. A brilliant walk - one of the best Corbetts yet.

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