Hen Comb and Three More Fells From Loweswater

Name of walk Hen Comb and Three More Fells From Loweswater
Date of walk 2009-08-04
Distance walked (miles) 9
Duration of walk 5 hours 30 minutes
Weather Sunshine and rain
Peaks on walk Hen Comb, Gavel Fell, Blake Fell, Burnbank Fell
Walked with Ged and blind Kas
Parking Roadside by river below the Kirkstile Inn
We drove to Loweswater to climb Hen Comb (1661ft), Gavel Fell (1720ft), Blake Fell (1978ft) and Burnbank Fell (1580ft), a round trip of just under nine miles.
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Mellbreak, I have climbed it a couple of times from this end and it isn`t as difficult as it looks!

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A farmer and sheepdog rounding up sheep with Grasmoor looming behind.

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Whiteside, Hopegill Head and Grasmoor with Crummock Water below. Mellbreak near right.

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Loweswater with Darling Fell and Low Fell on the right. The Scottish Hills in the distance.

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Close-up over Holme Wood of the Scottish mountains and the Solway Firth.

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Heading up Hen Comb.

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A dull trudge to the summit, but good views down Buttermere to Robinson, Dale Head and Fleetwith Pike. Red Pike on the right.

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Looking back down the way we came.

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Heading for Floutern Cop on the right. Great Borne behind.

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Floutern Tarn taken from Floutern Cop.

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Another dreary trudge through bogs up Gavel Fell.

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The weather was beginning to break, with the south west now covered in rain clouds which were heading our way!

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It was soon spitting with rain but we needed to press on to Blake Fell ahead where there would be some shelter. There were a lot of fences on these summits, only one had a stile. I was okay crossing them as with my long legs I can just stride over, Ged had more difficulty! Kas usually managed to get under or needed to be carried.

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Unfortunately the visibility deteriorated in the rain and the winds got up. Looking down on Knock Murton and Cogra Moss. Knock Murton looking bare without the tree plantations.

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We had lunch in the shelter out of the wind.

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Looking through the rain at the top edge of Ennerdale Water with Crag Fell behind.

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The rain didn`t blow over, it just got worse. We headed for Burnbank Fell in the rain and wind, a fell devoid of any protection from the elements! We headed down to Loweswater off the right side. No views down the length of the lake due to cloud....grrr!

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On our way down the sun came out for about a minute and formed a rainbow..

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Looking towards Grasmoor along the high level route.

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The rain had stopped and it started to clear.

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We took the kissing gate through into Holme Wood which goes down to the Lakeshore....

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Looking towards Low Fell.

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Close-up of our first Fell, Hen Comb

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Cute calves

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Looking across the field back to Mellbreak.

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We stopped at the Kirkstile Inn on the way back to the car. They brew their own beer. We sampled their Mellbreak Beer and their Loweswater Beer.

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Still rather soggy!

A good walk despite the rain, the bogs and the dull grassy terrain. It took about five and a half hours.
Jo.
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