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" Hen Combe and Holme Woods."
Date & start time: Thursday 29th May / Sunday 2nd June 2013.
Location of Start : The red phone box, Loweswater , Cumbria, Uk ( NY 143 211 )
Places visited : Hen Comb via Kirkgate Farm and Holme Woods from Maggie's Bridge.
Walk details : 4.75 mls, 1350 ft of ascent, 3 hours, plus a local walk the same week.
Highest point : Hen Comb 1,328ft - 405m.
Walked with : Ann and the dogs, Harry and Bethan.
Weather : A grey day but the cloud was lifting. Sunday was better.
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Simon and Beth are over and Beth hasn't climbed one of our local fells, Hen Comb.
The weather wasn't particularly good for the high tops so that decided our plans for today.
Next day we walked to Holme Woods to see the blue coloured flowers.
Beth and Simon have driven over today so this walk started from the cottage.
[ The observant amongst you may notice Harry is designer-shod again as the cut on his front pad has re-opened slightly. ]
Walking up to Kirkgate Farm there's a lovely view of Mellbreak
. . . but there's no plan to walk it today !
A fine cockerel struts through the archway into the courtyard of the farmhouse.
Loweswater seen through a rather damp haze.
The first problem is to cross Mosedale Beck without getting your feet wet !
The view across to Grasmoor as we climb up from the river.
Part way up you have to cross the fence but there's a new stile this year.
The cloud is lifting slowly from the high fells
. . . as we continue our climb up Little Dodd, the lower summit on the northern end of the Hen Comb ridge.
Behind us is the summit of the fell but there's still a mile to go before we are there.
We try to persuade Beth to map-read and navigate for the final push to the summit.
First . . . work out where you are !
Harry and Bethan are already on the hill and waiting for the three of us to catch up.
There's more of a breeze up here and the ears are all "a-flap".
A bad hair day for us too as the summit wind is quite strong . . .time to find a sunny spot for lunch out of the wind !
The shelter we found by just moving away from the summit but the sunshine was what you would call "elusive".
Time to head back down the way we had ascended.
My thanks to Simon for these last two pics as someone had forgotten to charge Ann's camera battery (he blushes with embarrassment)
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We also managed another local walk this week to see the flowers in Holme Woods.
On the ground the bluebells are out . . . so we are into blue hues too (tricky to say without crying !)
Not quite so prolific as at Rannerdale this year but nevertheless the woodland setting here is a delight.
Down on the beach where Holme Beck reaches the lake.
There are nice views down the lake to the Buttermere fells and even a bit of blue sky today.
The view of Darling Fell through the trees is more obscured now due to the summer growth on the trees.
There are extensive groups of flowers throughout the woods
and they are often quite colourful where they are in close proximity to each other.
Time to take the track back to Maggie's Bridge after our late afternoon walk.
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Technical note: Pictures taken with Ann's Canon Sureshot SX220 digital camera.
Resized in Photoshop, and built up on a Dreamweaver web builder.
This site best viewed with . . . a bit more of that recent sunshine please.
Previous walk - 25th May 2013 - Yoke, Bells and Romans
A previous time up here - 19th January 2011 Hen Comb and the Sunset
Next walk - 1st June 2013 - High Street and Mardale Ill Bell