Lake Mists and Hen Comb

Name of walk Lake Mists and Hen Comb
Date of walk 2016-10-25
Distance walked (miles) 8
Duration of walk 3 hours 45 minutes
Weather Clear blue skies and sunshine
Peaks on walk Hen Comb
Walked with On my own
Parking Scalehill Bridge NT car park

I set off well before dawn on Tuesday to drive to Loweswater. The forecast was excellent so I had planned to walk up Hen Comb before bell ringing at Cleator Moor in the afternoon. But before that I would visit the shores of Loweswater and Crummock Water to take some photos.

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I stopped at Loweswater to take a few shots across the lake. Sunlight was just hitting the rising mist.

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View north.

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Looking across to Carling Knott, where I was last week.

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Burnbank Fell.

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I parked in the NT car park at Scalehill Bridge and walked down through Lanthwaite Wood to the shores of Crummock Water.

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Looking over to Mellbreak.

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Red Pike above the mist.

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I took a few shots of this view with different zooms. The conditions were excellent this morning.

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View from the weir.

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I cross the bridges heading towards the pump house.

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Grasmoor.

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When I reach Peel I head over the fields to pick up the track that goes through Flass Wood, under Raven Crag, on Mellbreak.

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Raven Crag.

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This path takes you out to Mosedale. Looking across to the ridge of Hen Comb.

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First I need to descend to Mosedale Beck and attempt to cross it. It is at this point I remember that I haven't brought my stick, which would have been very useful. The water is above ankle depth and some of the stones are submerged, the others slippery, but I manage to get across without incident. I head up the steep track to get on the ridge.

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Looking back down the way I have come up. The autumn colours are highlighted in the sunshine.

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My shadow looking out towards Loweswater.

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My route ahead.

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Darling Fell and Low Fell.

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A closer view with Criffel, in Scotland, on the horizon.

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A very familiar grassy trudge, I have done lots of these in the last month!

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Looking back, just before I reach the summit.

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Looking down into Mosedale.

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View south to Buttermere.

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Buttermere in close up.

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The small summit cairn on the left with views to Gavel Fell, Blake Fell and Carling Knott.

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I head down the back. Great Bourne ahead.

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Half way down is a path that leads off to the left, I follow this around until I am looking down into Mosedale.

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It is more of a sheep trod than a path, but it will save me a lot of time and the route is far less wet than what would be below.

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Just before I reach the gully on my left I head down the grass. I can see a track through the bracken bottom right and I head for that. It should meet the path that goes around the base of Hen Comb.

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A great view of Mosedale in its autumn colours.

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I join the main track, the bridge over Mosedale Beck is just ahead.

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I'm now on a good path all the way back.

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Looking across the field to Whiteside and Grasmoor.

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The Kirkstile Inn ahead. Unfortunately I don't have time to stop for a drink, it is still a fifteen minute walk to my car, then half an hour to drive to Cleator Moor for bell ringing at 1.30pm, and I don't wish to be too late.

The walk was eight miles in total and took me three hours and forty five minutes. I arrived back at the car park at 1pm and I was a little late getting to Cleator Moor, so I had no time to have lunch before ringing. I was glad I made the effort to make an early start, the best of the weather was in the morning, as I drove back home it was clouding over and by the evening it was raining, typical Cumbrian weather!

Jo.

 

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