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Mellbreak & Hen Comb

Mellbreak & Hen Comb


Postby johnkaysleftleg » Thu Nov 13, 2014 10:55 am

Wainwrights included on this walk: Hen Comb, Mellbreak

Date walked: 14/09/2014

Distance: 10 km

Ascent: 760m

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Still catching up reports so it's back to September for a trip up a couple Western fells. The weather wasn't quite as good as promised with a great deal of hazy cloud but thankfully it was dry. We parked by the phone box at Loweswater grabbing one of only a handful of places. This is such a lovely sylvanian part of the lakes, it almost seems wrong to park up crowding the otherwise lonely lanes and picture perfect houses and cottages. An easy wander along the lane soon becomes a steep loose ascent as you start up the formidable looking North ridge of Mellbreak. This route belies the modest height of the fell and promises much but once the Northern and lower summit is reached the true character of the fell becomes apparent as a broad boggy ridge which undulates towards it's summit at the south end. Views throughout are hindered greatly but a short wander eastwards from the summit reveals a wonderful full length view of lovely Crummock water.

ImageFirst target of the day by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

ImageA Misty peek around the corner by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

ImageMellbreak Summit by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

ImageCrummock Panorama by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

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From here the summit of Hen Comb looks quite close but getting there isn't so easy. We decided against returning along the ridge to the shallow col that has a path :roll: and headed down the lumpy slopes over open ground. This was fine at first but soon a sea of bracken engulfed us and with no helpful trods emerging it was an unpleasant, stumbling plunge down to the main path through Mosedale.

It was a relief to regain solid ground so we resisted the temptation to head directly for Hen Comb and followed the paths around this rather dreary valley with it's one holly tree towards Mosedale Beck. I had planned to cross the beck early but with no obvious crossing points (this would have necessitated slithering down muddy banks and climbing over fences) we headed for the bridge. Once across we had hoped some signs of previous ascents would have emerged but we were out of luck. This was obviously a warning sign but we started regardless off up to the right of Thrang crags.

ImageOn the way up Hen Comb by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

ImageLooking over Mosedale by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

ImageHen Comb by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

By the time we pulled ourselves, exhausted up the summit the bounce had most certainly gone from our bungees :lol: A trod approaching from the South suggested we should have carried on the main path round the back of the fell but in all honesty the best plan would have been to include Hen Comb with Gavel Fell and enjoy a nice walk back along the shores of Crummock Water. :roll: The trip between Mellbreak and Hen Comb is most certainly not recommended.

Thankfully all was nice and easy for the remainder of the walk but beware the potentially tricky crossing of Moasdale Beck after heavy rain. Not the finest of walks but it still had it's moments and moved us that little bit closer to completing.

ImageLast look back by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr


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johnkaysleftleg
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Re: Mellbreak & Hen Comb

Postby nigheandonn » Thu Nov 13, 2014 11:50 am

Do you think Mosedale means something like 'dreary wet place'? The far eastern one is just the same...
Nice pointy hills, though, even if it does make for steep climbs!

And I still have a report to write from June.
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Re: Mellbreak & Hen Comb

Postby johnkaysleftleg » Thu Nov 13, 2014 6:20 pm

nigheandonn wrote:Do you think Mosedale means something like 'dreary wet place'? The far eastern one is just the same...
Nice pointy hills, though, even if it does make for steep climbs!

And I still have a report to write from June.


Mosedale can be directly translated as boggy valley, quite apt I think you'll agree. The steep climb up Mellbreak is fairly enjoyable but Hen Comb just hurt to be honest. Grace was distinctly unimpressed :lol:
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Re: Mellbreak & Hen Comb

Postby DaveB1 » Fri Nov 14, 2014 1:27 pm

Hi JKL, great pics as usual and I fully concur with the translation of Mosedale as a wet and boggy place . It almost makes the 'Lake with Grass' classification but I guess some more rain is needed :lol: :lol: You can't be far off compleating the lot, keep posting. Dave
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Re: Mellbreak & Hen Comb

Postby johnkaysleftleg » Sun Nov 16, 2014 4:38 pm

DaveB1 wrote:Hi JKL, great pics as usual and I fully concur with the translation of Mosedale as a wet and boggy place . It almost makes the 'Lake with Grass' classification but I guess some more rain is needed :lol: :lol: You can't be far off compleating the lot, keep posting. Dave


Cheers Dave, good to here from you. Only 39 to go now so hopefully late summer/early autumn should see us finish with a wander up Great End. Hope your still getting out walking plenty.
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