A Few Facts About Black Combe
Location - Black Combe is a fell in the south-west corner of the Lake District National Park just four miles from the Irish Sea. It lies near the west coast of Cumbria in the borough of Copeland and more specifically in the ancient district of Millom. It stands in isolation at 1,970 feet (600 metres) some 10 miles away from any higher ground - this factor offers an excellent all-round panoramic view of land and sea weather permitting.
Classification - Black Combe is a Marilyn and at 600 metres it is only 10m short of being a Hewitt. As well as being a Birkett it is also included in the index of Wainwright's The Outlying Fells of Lakeland and thus in the list of "Outlying fells".
What's In A Name - Clearly visible in views of Black Combe from the south and east is the large dark-coloured glacial corrie known as Blackcombe from which the fell derived its name. Such corries are often known as combes in English place names a word cognate with the Welsh word cwm.
Summit And Views - The summit plateau is a very flat peat-covered area. There is a Triangulation Pillar on the top surrounded by rough drystone wall which forms a wind shelter. 1,286 feet due south from the peak is a lesser peak upon which stands a large cairn which is easily visible with the naked eye from Millom and the surrounding area. Between this cairn and the top in a shallow valley lies a small tarn. Towards the sea views extend from the Cumbrian coast round to the Isle of Man 45 miles due west then round to Snowdon which may be seen on days of exceptionally good visibility 85 miles to the south to the coast of Lancashire. Looking inland views include the Scafell Group and the Coniston Group of fells in the Lake District National Park the Pennine Hills the Forest of Bowland and Blackpool Tower. Closer by there are also good views over the Duddon Estuary Millom and the new wind farm just offshore.