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Lake District Loweswater: Millbreak and Hen Comb

Lake District Loweswater: Millbreak and Hen Comb

Postby jonathan - norfolk » Sat Aug 08, 2020 12:33 pm

Wainwrights included on this walk: Hen Comb, Mellbreak

Date walked: 30/07/2020

Time taken: 4.25

Distance: 15.5 km

Ascent: 850m

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Millbreak and Hen Comb
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Millbreak from Loweswater

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Millbreak from Kirkstile

Could easily have been done as two separate walks with little height/distance saved by doing them together. Taking on Millbreak pretty much directly as recommended by Wainwright is certainly by far the best way to climb this little peak. This approach gets you into some excellent situations. Although not the highest, the Wainwright summit is by far the best, the walk to the slightly higher south summit was a bog trot and descending to the west an anticlimax. Anyone ascending and returning this way who only visited the south summit would have a poor regard for this fell as they would have missed the best of it.
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Millbreak summit cairn

Heavy rain had fallen overnight which meant fording the stream in order to climb Hen Comb was a boots and socks off paddle across. A couple of hours later sufficient water had drained off the fell to allow the stepping stones to be used.
Hen Comb is a pleasant enough ridge walk and dry underfoot.
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Hen Comb summit cairn

The two fells together make for a good short day's walking.

The pub at the finish is worth a visit and the local Loweswater Gold, in my opinion, a very good pint.

9.25 miles, 2732', 4 hours 15 mins
jonathan - norfolk
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