Hen Comb to Burnbank Fell

Name of walk Hen Comb to Burnbank Fell
Date of walk 2010-11-26
Distance walked (miles) 9
Duration of walk 5 hours 15 minutes
Weather Cold, but sunny.
Peaks on walk Hen Comb, Gavel Fell, Blake Fell, Burnbank Fell
Walked with Ged and blind Kas
Parking Spaces by river just below The Kirkstile Inn.

Yesterday Ged, Kas and I 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. As this route is generally very boggy underfoot we were waiting for a day when all the ground would be frozen to make all the bogs passable without endless detours, and this was the day. The forecast was for -4 degrees Celsius on the felltops and for there to be cloud in the far north; but it turned out to be the best place to be, with cloud being everywhere else except the far north!

These are grassy fells, no sign of rock so no need for a walking pole. But I had forgotten that near the start of the walk there is a beck to ford. We last did this walk in August 2009 when there was little water in the beck and it was easy to cross. This time it was quite deep and the stepping stones were mostly underwater or slippery with ice and algae. I wish I had my pole as I almost managed a double back somersault with pike! Thankfully Ged was on hand to prevent such an acrobatic feat, and we got across with out getting wet!

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Looking over to Whiteside and Grasmoor from the route up to Hen Comb.

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Looking back to Loweswater. Holme Wood on the left.

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View down Buttermere to Fleetwith Pike.

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Great Bourne ahead. Kas leads the way down to Whiteoak Moss and then the route up to Floutern Cop.

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Floutern Tarn from Floutern Cop. Red Pike in cloud.

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Anyone know what kind of plane this was? Is that a french flag? It flew down the valley and then went over us.

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Looking back to Hen Comb from Floutern Cop.

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The only time Kas will stay still is when you scratch his head!

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Heading towards Gavel Fell looking back to Floutern Cop.

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From Gavel Fell looking to Blake Fell our next summit.

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Everywhere else was now shrouded in cloud, including Skiddaw.

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Only Scotland was still clear. View down to Burnbank Fell from Blake Fell summit.

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Knock Murton and Cogra Moss......Cumbrians know have to give things a great name!

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We sat behind the summit shelter to have lunch as the wind was coming straight in the entrance.

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Ennerdale Water peeking out.

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Looking to Grasmoor.

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The view back the way we came.

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Nearly down.

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From the bottom of Burbank Fell looking along Loweswater to Crummock Water.

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The Terrace that leads to Holme Wood.

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A seat with a view.

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Entering Holme Wood.

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The path leads directly to the lakeshore. Good reflections today.

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Mellbreak

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The sun is setting to the right of Hen Comb.

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Ged took Kas back to the car while I went into St. Barthomew`s for a look around. Just a pity it was a bit too dark too see much. I then met up with Ged in the Kirkstile Inn. They had a roaring fire, lovely! Ged tried the Grasmoor Ale, I had a coffee!

The walk took us five hours and fifteen minutes, even quicker than last time!

 

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