Black Combe in black and white

Despite its relatively small stature - a Marilyn at 600m - Black Combe dominates the south-west corner of The Lakes, standing in isolation above Cumbria's west coast. Lacking the sharp ridges or major crags typically associated with many of the central fells, this outlying and otherwise minor summit, is no less popular and hosts its own annual fell race, provides a popular and particularly fast descent on the bike and has been noted by all the great and good from Wordsworth to Wainwright as offering something unique in the area. Namely, the grandstand views from Criffel to the north across the Solway, to the Isle of Man in the west and Snowdon to the south, all backed by the Lakeland fells. Tragic then, that this grandstand view is now dominated by row upon row of turbines whose ranks appear to grow as if from the sea, greater in number with every passing year. The issue may not be quite so black and white...
...yet with any sense of Wordsworth's 'unobstructed prospect' long since lost, perhaps it is best looked upon, rather than climbing the steep grassy slopes to look from, its broad summit.

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