A cloudy afternoon on Hen Comb


Walk Overview
Time 13.50 to 16.50
Duration 3 hr
Distance 4.5 mile
Ascent 1386 ft
Walking with Roger, Ann, Angie, Jill, David Leslie and family
Loweswater - Kirkgate Farm - Mosedale Beck - Hen Comb - Mosedale Beck - Kirkgate Farm - Loweswater
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Parking spaces, Loweswater

With room for only half a dozen cars or so the chances are that you'll find this parking area full. There is another car park found a little way past The Kirkstile Inn, but this one is even smaller. Should you be lucky enough to get parked however, you'll find this a truly beautiful area of the Lake District. Crummock Water and Loweswater are both within easy reach and of course there's Mellbreak, towering above this end of Lorton Vale.


Route Map

Passing Loweswater Church on a rather dark and misty afternoon.

It might have been damp and misty, but it was such a warm afternoon. One by one the muggy conditions got the better of us and it wasn't too long until we were all walking in short sleeves, even on the highest section of the walk where we were well and truly up in the clouds.

Architecture is definitely on the long list of subjects I know absolutely nothing about, but even I can tell the side of this church doesn't quite fit the style you'd expect to see in a little village like this. Perhaps it was built like this, , , ,
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The gardens looked lovely as we walked past the Kirkstile Inn today. You can see some of the flowers in this picture I took shortly after crossing Church Bridge. The bell and the cross from the church can be seen sticking up above the roof of the Kirkstile Inn, this shows just how close the two buildings are to each other.

Crossing Mosedale Beck.

Swirling mist on Loweswater end of Mellbreak.


Heading into the cloud on Hen Comb.

No views from the summit today I'm afraid.

Unfortunately the colourful foreground in this picture eventually gives way to the darker, misty conditions at the far end of Lorton Vale.

The water was far too cold for us humans to swim in the pool at Mosedale Back today (just like almost every other day), but the dogs were more then happy to jump in for a play.


At the end of the walk and looking across the fields to Hen Comb (centre, under cloud).

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