Date & Time: Sunday 18th May 2008. 1 pm start.

Location of Start : The red phone box, Loweswater, Cumbria, Uk. ( NY 143 211 )

Places visited : Kirkhead, Hen Comb, and the Kirkstile later.

Walk details : 4.6 mls, 1350 ft of ascent, 3 hrs 5 mins ( including waiting at the summit for a while)

Highest point : Hen Comb 1,669ft ( 509m)

Walked with : Jo, John, myself (Ann) and the dogs, Polly, Megan, Jodie, Harry and Bethan.

Weather : Sunny but with a cool breeze.

The floral display at Kirkhead - Azaleas and a large red Acer tree.


Day Five of Helmut's walking tour of the Lakeland fells brings him back to Loweswater.

Jo, John and I set off for Hen Comb to meet him on his last summit of the day.

Jo and John walking up the track from Kirkhead.

Clear views of Scotland over Loweswater as we make our ascent. Darling Fell is to the right.

The final climb to the summit comes into view as we make our way along the ridge of Hen Comb.

Cotton grass and colourful vegetation.

John looks back at the path along the ridge and the Lorton valley.
The slopes of Mellbreak and Grasmoor behind Jo.

We choose a spot out of the cool breeze and wait until we spot Helmut !
Getting closer !

A welcome from the dogs !

A rest and a chat before he makes the short trip to the summit cairn.

Helmut's 37th and final

Wainwright summit of his 5 day walk.

Hen Comb.

Jodie on our descent.

Low Fell lies ahead, with long distance views of Loweswater and the Lorton Vale.

Helmut leaving the stepping stones - his final 'ascent' of the walk !

A very welcome tea and scones outside Loweswater Village Hall before we return to the cottage.

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Later that evening, Paul, Jayne and Max join us for a meal at the Kirkstile to celebrate Helmut's return.

One more surprise . . . it turns out to be Paul's birthday today.

Here with Max.
Happy Birthday Paul !


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Technical note: Pictures taken with my Cannon G7 or Ann's Ixus 75 Digital cameras.

Resized in Photoshop, and built up on a Dreamweaver web builder.

This site best viewed with . . . perfect timing after a five day walk.

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