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" Hen Comb with Sherran and Bill "

Date & start time: 29th March 2012, 3.10 pm start.

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

Places visited : Kirkstile, Kirkhead, Little Dodd, Hen Comb and back.

Walk details : 4.75 mls, 1325 ft of ascent, 3 hrs 10 mins.

Highest point : Hen Comb  1,669 ft - 509 m

Walked with : Sherran and Bill, Ann and the dogs, Harry and Bethan.

Weather : Sunshine and blue skies again.


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An afternoon walk up a local fell we haven't been up for months. 

Sherran and Bill's choice was Hen Comb and it was an simple outing as the weather was just as kind as yesterday.

A start from the local iconic red building was delayed when Bill stopped to check out the car park.

A classic Triumph Spitfire of the type he and Sherran drove to Italy and back a few(!) years ago.

We took the track up past Kirkhead Farm and the modern Kirkhead Cottage.

Fine views across the valley today as the sheep grab some good feeding before they contemplate lambing.

Missed a classic photo of a Hercules last week at Honister

so I was a little quicker today as this one cruised by.

Will the real Ann Hiley please stand up !

I'm sure there were four of us on this walk . . . hold your cursor over the picture to check it out !    - - - ^ ^

The main Hen Comb path starts with a river crossing . . . at Harry's pool

Mosedale Beck and Harry up to his usual trick of . . .

. . . trying to get us all wet !

Climbing up the other side there's a great view back to Mellbreak and Grasmoor.

First view of Red Pike as we start up the ridge.

We've travelled a reasonable way in a short time.

The cottage is down there in the valley . . . three white dots right of centre.

Bill and I divert to Little Dodd summit but the girls take a more gradual ascent path.

Behind them is the bulk of the High Stile Ridge, foreshortened by the zoom lens.

On the same track now as we reach the final climb . . .
. . . just one more steep bit Sherran !

The top of Hen Comb is the same height as the northern top of Mellbreak opposite . . . so we must be nearly there.

Bill and I stand back to take the same photo . . . so neither of us are in the picture.

Bethan didn't have a camera but she's not in shot either . . . surprise surprise !

Just before we return home I stop for one last look around.

Click here or on the photo above for a Loweswatercam 360 degree annotated panorama.

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We had seen a few runners out on the fell this afternoon, several of whom were setting out marker flags.

When we returned to the Kirkstile the place was full of competitors.

There must have been a local run organised for tonight.

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Technical note: Pictures taken with my Canon G10 camera.

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

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Previous walk - 28th March 2012 Great Borne Starling Dodd

A previous time up here - 5th Dec 2008 Grey and White Hen Comb

Next event - 31st March 2012 Jack Cantelo's 18th Dinner

Hi Roger, 

Just to let you know that I really enjoy following your website, it's great to see pictures of the Lakes when I can't be up there walking!

You probably won't remember, but the walk you and your companions did up Hen Comb on 29th March I passed you at the Mosedale Beck stepping stones where your dogs were splashing about happily. I only had time for a quick greeting as I needed to get back home to Doncaster that day (and was fairly tired as I had earlier been up Gavel, Blake, Burnbank fells and Bakestall earlier that day)!   However, I was pleasantly surprised to see on your photo diary of the walk, on the 6th photo down, I am actually on your photo! (I'm the black speck coming down the path in the bracken on the right hand side).

Keep putting up pictures, I really enjoy looking at them!   All the Best,  Ellie.

Ellie . . . thanks for writing.  Next time, do say hello more slowly and we'll grab a photo of us all together . . . Rmh