Hen Comb

Hen Comb

Western Lake District

Route: Hen Comb

Area: Western Lake District

Date of walk: 14th April 2016

Walkers: Andrew

Distance: 4.4 miles

Ascent: 1,400 feet

Weather: cloudy but plenty of sunny spells

According to Alfred Wainwright, Hen Comb ‘is the sort of fell sometimes climbed, but rarely twice’. It’s hard to disagree with Wainwright, but I like this fell, and today’s walk would make it my 10th time up here. There’s a wonderful view of the Buttermere valley from the top and equally good views of Lorton Vale and Loweswater on the way down and for me this is a really enjoyable walk

I parked at Church Bridge just beyond the Kirkstile Inn and walked along the track leading into lonely Mosedale. After reaching the foot of Mellbreak I forded Mosedale Beck, which was quite tricky as the beck was running higher than usual. This is the only fell that cannot be accessed after heavy rain

I followed a faint path beside the beck for a while and then a succession of sheep tracks before climbing up a pathless section to gain the ridge below the summit. After reaching the top I followed the easy path back down the ridge, retracing my steps to the start when I arrived at Mosedale Beck

The views on the way down were superb and it’s well worth visiting the fell for these alone

Previous time here

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