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" Hen Comb "

Date & start time:      Wednesday 6th January 2021.  2 pm start.

Location of Start :     By the red phone box, Loweswater, Cumbria, Uk. ( NY 143 211 )

Places visited :          Harry's Pool and on to the summit of Hen Comb.

Walk details :              5.7 miles, 1450 ft of ascent, 2 hours including stops.

Highest point :           Hen Comb, 1,669ft - 509m.

Walked with :              Myself and the dogs, Dylan and Dougal.

Weather :                      Winter sunshine and blue skies, calm and cool, light snow.

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Back from Christmas away with the children and there's so much to do.

They had kept me busy with walks and family socialising but now the reality of three in the house not four starts to become apparent.

Fortunately the dogs keep me on track, setting meal time for breakfast, lunch and supper, all without the aid of a clock.

They also remind me, if I haven't already taken them out, that a walk after lunch is required.

The first full day back home is a delight and our dog walk finds us down by Crummock Water.

I hadn't planned to take photos . . . but the weather is so good and the phone was in the pocket . . .

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Consequently when Wednesday dawned fine and bright the fells were suggesting I might try for a slightly longer walk.

It was cold and frosty and it had snowed slightly overnight so the tops of the fells were slightly white.

Hen Comb (on the left) was calling . . . its summit seen here from the cottage.

Morning jobs done and with an early lunch taken it was time to head out for the walk.

I'll leave the two squirrels to play in the garden . . .
. . . while I take the two dogs out for a walk.

A brief look back to enjoy the view and set the mood for the day.

The 'proper' camera this time . . . and with the big lens I look up at Grasmoor's west face.

. . . and up the length of the valley to Green Gable and Great Gable, shining out beyond Haystacks.

Zooming back out to include Crummock Water and Rannerdale Knotts.

The Kirkstile Inn . . . sadly shut at present due to Tier 4 status for Cumbria.

Visitors have left a calling card at some time in the recent past.
A painted stone from a Tyneside resident, left in the wall.

Do please drop me an email if you know of, or recognise this memento.

Kirk Head Cottage reflecting the day . . .

. . . its a reversed view of Lorton's Kirk Fell away down the valley.

Snowy Sand Hill appears above Gasgale Valley as I continue on up the stone-lined lane.

Loweswater (lake) away to my right.
The gate to Harry's Pool with the stepping stones to Hen Comb.

Safely over dry-shod . . . not a day to get your feet wet.

Zooming in on Loweswater and the Scottish hills beyond.

I think they are ripples on the lake . . . but it may be thin ice, especially at the far end.

Starting the climb up Hen Comb's Dodd . . . either it is steep or I'm less fell-fit than I thought.

The White Oak Valley below still shows signs of the lead mining and the three mine water leats on the far bank.

Blake Fell is well covered in snow but Carling Knott is the fell that catches the eye.

The sun over Little Dodd will shine on me a little longer till I reach the shadows.

A "Diana moment" as Dylan is backlit by the sun.
Two Goldies outlined in gold.

The top of Little Dodd now . . . and a section of level walking ahead, made easier by the frozen ground conditions.

The view across to Red Pike and the High Stile Ridge.

The sting in the tail . . . the final pull to the summit.
Frozen paths and icicles on the upper section.

I am not alone on the fells, as these lady walkers from Workington pass me on their way back down from the summit.

A brief conversation informs me that their eventual goal is to climb all the Wainwrights . . . go for it guys.

Climbing the Wainwrights can bring some lovely views.

There are 214 summits in the list . . . including this one of Hen Comb.

Ann and I completed three full rounds of the fells but we probably climbed Hen Comb itself over thirty times.

This is Dylan's sixth visit and I think Dougal's first.

This is what we three enjoyed looking at today.

Click here or on the photo above for a 360 degree annotated panorama.

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Great Bourne and the bridle path to Ennerdale via Floutern Pass.

Buttermere, with Robinson to the left and Fleetwith Pike behind casting its shadow on Dale Head.

Black Star and the Honister Crags on Fleetwith Pike,

with the Rosthwaite Fell, High Raise and finally the Grasmere Fells as a backdrop.

Helvellyn Ridge in the background of this picture, looking across the Newlands Valley to Maiden Moor.

The lowland green of the Lorton Valley after a day of warming sunshine.

I can see the cottage, which makes sense as the first picture from today showed the reverse image !

On the way back now. . . at the fence at the foot of the descent from the summit.

Following the track down . . . with Darling Fell and Low Fell ahead.

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Back at Harry's Pool.


I had put Kahtoola Microspikes on by boots

for the final section of the climb of Hen Comb

and they were so effective I kept them on all the way down.


In fact they were also brilliant for grip on the rock

as I crossed back over the stepping stones at the pool.


No slips and no wet feet !


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Re-tracing my steps now, back down past Kirkgate Farm

where they added a new covered barn over the outside yard at the end of last year.

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Two final photos from the day as the sun set in the west . . . and set a rich red glow on our local summits.

The snow on Grasmoor's top reflecting the fading light of a five o'clock sunset.

Time for tea . . . so the dogs are telling me !

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Technical note: Pictures generally taken with my Panasonic Lumix Gx8 Camera.

Resized in Photoshop, and built up on a Dreamweaver web builder.

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