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Date & start time: Saturday 7th March 2009. 10.20 am start.
Location of Event : The red phone box, Loweswater , Cumbria, Uk ( NY 143 211 )
Places visited : Kirkgate, Mosedale pool, Little Dodd, Hen Comb and back.
Walk details : 4.85 ml, 1350 ft of ascent, 2 hours 45 mins.
Highest point : Hen Comb 1,669ft 509m
Walked with : Gary and Sheena, Ann and the dogs, Tim, Harry and Bethan.
Weather : Dry to start but the forecasted rain and wind arrived all too soon.
The sign on the wall of the well known landmark
After the brief interval of sunshine and snowy weather it's back to wet and windy again
as Gary and Sheena join us for a walk up Hen Comb.
This is the first time they have ventured into the fells on this side of the valley. Let's hope the weather doesn't get too bad.
Dry roads and the "Negative Signpost" at the start of our walk.
We're aiming for Hen Comb, the snow dappled summit behind the trees.
Leaving the village behind we make our way up the old lane past Kirkgate Farm
This is the old bridle way over to Ennerdale . . . We shall walk the first mile of it today.
Then we shall divert right and cross the Mosedale Pool . . . the dogs are there first and enjoying a dip.
Taking care as Ann crosses the Mosedale Beck.
Autumn floods have moved the stepping stones and also deepened the pool so everything is a little more tricky.
All over dry shod we climb up onto the shoulder of Hen Comb, following the wall up.
Darling Fell and Low Fell as Sheena stops to put on her waterproof trousers.
It's not even eleven o'clock and the rain seems to be ahead of it's forecasted time.
Following the high ground, we cross over the fence that runs up the ridge.
Distant views of Hopegill Head are starting to get lost in the deteriorating weather.
Into the south westerly breeze now and the lens is getting a few drops of rain.
Ahead is the snow on Hen Comb and in the background High Stile, Red Pike, Starling Dodd and to the right, Great Borne.
Hoods up, heads down as the final climb begins.
Harry and Bethan stop to enjoy the large snowfield . . .
Well . . . it wasn't really as large as all that . . . but they enjoyed it.
Sheena reaches it too . . . should she climb it or walk around the side ?
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As we reach the summit, we feel the full force of the wind . . . It must be 30 to 40 mph plus cold rain with it !
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Following a group discussion about the conditions, and in view of the poor forecast
we cut the walk short and started back down the same way.
The extremely small and totally unnamed tarn on the brink of Little Dodd Crag
Three exceedingly damp walkers (four including myself) make the Mosedale Path again.
Little Dodd is the high ground to the top right and Hen Comb is lost behind the splodge of another rain drop.
Hen Comb on a rainy day !
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Technical note: Pictures taken with with my Cannon G7 or Ann's Ixus 75 Digital camera.
Resized in Photoshop, and built up on a Dreamweaver web builder.
This site best viewed with . . . eating the sandwich lunch back home in the warm and dry.
Previous walk - 6th March 2009 Mellbreak at a run - part of the way
A previous time up here - 19th April 2006 Sunny Hen Comb and the lead mines with Jo