Written about by Wordsworth and standing at 1975 feet, should this be known as ‘hill‛ or ‘mountain‛ ?
According to the definition, any prominent feature over 2000 feet above sea level is classed (in Cumbria) as a mountain. However, the local tidal range is of the order of 30 feet, one of the highest in the world, so many believe this to make Black Combe worthy of the title ‘Mountain‛.
Facing North East one can see the hollow, which is a very prominent feature of Black Combe and derives within it‛s Celtic name “Cwm” . Frequently in ‘shadow‛ hence the term ‘black‛ this beauty was carved out by a glacier in the last Ice Age.
It‛s advantages to those wishing to follow in Wordsworth‛s footsteps are that it is composed of sedimentary rather than volcanic rock making it generally free from rough terrain, Having more gentle gradients than many other Cumbrian mountains and being 1000 feet lower than the Central fells lends it a more easy ascent. Even if you are not used to fell walking and you never climb another, this is the one fell to climb!
Views from the top are truly remarkable and on a clear day it is said to be possible to view the ‘5 kingdoms‛ England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and the Isle of Man.