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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.
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.
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.
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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.
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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