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Name:Hen Comb
Hill number:2481
Height:509m / 1670ft
Parent (Ma):2462  Blake Fell
RHB Section:34B: Lake District - Central & Western Fells
Nuttall/Wainwright area:Lake District - Western Fells
County/UA:Cumbria (CoU)
Catchment:Derwent (Workington)
Class:Hump, Dodd (500-599m), Dewey, Wainwright, Birkett,
Synge, Fellranger, Submarilyn, Clem
Grid ref:NY 13216 18117
Summit feature:cairn
Col:369m  NY128175  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 89
(1:25k) OL4S 303
Survey:obvious summit
GPS data:show GPS entries for this hill

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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 674 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
From Mellbreak South TopMichaelF29/11/2019
with Kevin, Gus and RalphAbiD28/10/2019
Little Dodd, Hen Comb, Floutern Cop, Banna Fell East Top, Gavel Fell, Blake Fell and Burnbank FellWayne Mac20/10/2019
With Penda, from Loweswater, then on to Gavel Fell. High wind and driving rain all day, we dried out by Kirkstile Inn fire after!beorwulf07/10/2019
parked at red phone box in Loweswater, up Mellbreak, then straight descent to Holly tree, jumped the river and took a direct route up Hen Comb, returned and jumped the river again, pint in the Kirkstile Inn, wit Kris. Mainly dry with a couple of showers.James Burrows04/10/2019
From Maggie's Bridge NT car park (free). Solo.Dangerous Dave04/10/2019
we descended to Mosedale from Melbreak and headed straight up just after the FB. A very steep ascent. Very boggy in sections but grassy paths, easy enough to follow. With richie and MB.Zoe Little15/09/2019
From camping barn on the north shore of Loweswater. Burnbank Fell, Blake Fell, Gavel Fell, Hen Comb and Mellbreak included on circular walk.welshyboyo24/08/2019
Steep accent up Mellbreak, made our own way up Hen Comb, then gavel fell, blake fell, burbank fell. Cloud lifted in the afternoon, good visibility and views, however occasional heavy showers.Joel45119/08/2019
Mellbreak and Hill Combe from Maggies Bridge Loweswatergeoffryan14/07/2019
From Mellbreakdavidsharpe2330/06/2019
Lovely day - hot for the season. Started by Church Bridge Loweswater (Kirkstile Inn), walked into Mosedale. crossed the beck to ascend Little Dodd then along the broad ridge to the summit. Return by same route. Olwyn and TrevorTrevolw19/04/2019
Dropping steeply down to Whiteoak Moss the boggy bit between the 2 mountains. It was wet as expected but not Mungrisdale common wet and didnít mind. Stopping for some fuel before the last steep push of the day we sat had a snickers and some Lucozade and chilled for 15 mins. The last push was fine, dry with good foot holds. The summit was easily my favourite of the day. Stunning views towards Buttermere and Fleetwith pike. From there we made our way down the ridge over the river down the farm track next to Mellbreak past the Kirkstile Inn and back. Great 8 mileish walk. stopped quickly at Rghed the home for drinks in the garden and inside. Ended up staying up till 3am. Good excuse to crash out and watch Tiger Woods win the master all day on the couch. Great weekend.Scotty 2 Hotty13/04/2019
With NB and MVW from Maggie's Bridge CP up White Oak Beck to swamp Moss and summit Hen comb and Little Dodd. Return via Mosedale and Kirkhead. cloudy mild day.Frank21/03/2019
With Paul Beard.stephenhughes25/02/2019
me and stePaul Beard25/02/2019
From Loweswater. Managed to follow route up by old mine spoil- as in pg3 of the Wainwright chp. This may be impossible when the bracken is high. The descent from the summit along the ridge over Little Dodd was pleasant with a track throughout. View restricted by higher hills nearby. My first visit in 49 years of visiting Lakeland- worthwhile-bagged of course, but climbing Mellbreak first (in 1998) is a natural choice.pwheeler25/02/2019
Straight up from MellbreakCyclistno122/02/2019
From Maggie's bridge car park, Loweswater, with hiking Manchester. Very windy but clear day. Mellbreak North Top Mellbreak South Top, Hen Comb, Banna Fell, Gavel Fell, Blake Fell, Carling Knott, Burnbank Fell.Lazylizzie16/02/2019
Church Bridge CP > Little Dodd > Hen Comb > Floutern Cop > Banna Fell > Steel Brow > Great Borne > Gale Fell > Starling Dodd > Scale Force > Scale Knott > Mellbreak > Church Bridge CP. Just Me and H. Fine morning but clouded over after about 11. Very cold on the higher tops especially Starling Dodd.johnkaysleftleg25/11/2018
Final 6 Wainwrights. Parked near Kirkstile Inn. Burnbank Fell, Blake Fell, Gavel Fell, Hen Comb, Great Borne, Starling Dodd. Very strong winds and raining hard on top of Starling Dodd, my final Wainwright and then still for walk back to Kirkstile Inn to finish.Fell_wanderer01/08/2018
With the U3A, from Loweswater, very hot.ian499326/07/2018
From Scalehill Bridge (as Maggie's Bridge car park currently closed). Mellbreak (both tops), Scale Knott, Hen Comb, Gavel Fell, Blake Fell, Carling Knott and Burnbank Fell. Mostly dry and breezy with good views.alistairpooler15/07/2018
From SE of Loweswater, round of Blake Fell, Gavel Fell, Hen Comb and Mellbreak.Topographer5721/06/2018
With Colin on a cloudy misty weekend and a little chilly. Did with Blake; Gavel and Burnbank Fells.jonesj217/06/2018
Ascended from Loweswater, kirkhead.billames04/06/2018
Mellbreak and Hen Comb with Don Munro next door. Up the north face of Mellbreak, what a cracking little ascent that is, over the tops and down the other side to the path that cuts across to the back of Hen Comb, small slog up and over this. Lucky with weather, bit hazy, superb views of Buttermere, Grasmoor, over to the giants at the back and side of Buttermere, couldnít see out to sea though. Overall a lovely jaunt, 2 more Wís and 5 Bís.Mark T31/05/2018
(Walkers with) Torun Mcmoran (Start/parking point) Loweswater - Mosedale Beck - Hen Comb - Floutern Tarn.redbob31/05/2018
Mellbreak the Return. After a memorable day in the Loweswater hills three years ago I returned with Mark hoping for a better day. Walking from Maggies Wood car park, the steep climb up to Mellbreak was in sunshine retracing our steps and dropping down to cross Mosedale Beck to tackle Hen Comb head on. As we approached the summit the rain started and as we climbed Gavel Fell it was getting quite breezy. Glad to stop for lunch in the shelter on Blake Fell before we carried on to the still uninspiring 'top' of Burnbanks Fell. Weather improved on the descent to Holme Wood and the car and a welcome pint in front of the log fire at the Kirkstile InnPhilip A03/05/2018
With JGCW01/05/2018
Parked at Maggies bridge Mellbreak, Hen Comb, Gavel Fell, Blake Fell, Burbank Fell.Stu Percival26/04/2018
From Waterend ascent of Burnhank Fell, via Hudson Place. On to Blake Fell and Gavel Fell and Hen Comb. Descent into Mosedale and ascent of Mellbreak via Mosedale Holly Tree. Descent to Loweswater via Mellbreak (North Peak) and White Crag, and back to Waterend.raymooremanx11/03/2018
Loop from Fangs Brow Farm. Little Dodd, Hen Comb, Floutern Cop, Banna Fell East Top, Gavel Fell, Blake Fell, Sharp Knott, Burnbank Fell with PeteN and KG.screeleep25/02/2018
Mellbreak and Hen Coombe from Maggie's Bridge car-park. Horrible scree track up White Crag onto Mellbreak south summit. Back tracked to the saddle dropping down into Mosedale. Saw the Mosedale Holly Tree. Followed the track south to just beyond Thrang Crags where I turned to climb Hen Comb. The weather deteriorated at this point have walked for the past 1.5 hours in hail and snow I decided to bail [missing out Gavel, Blake & Burnbank Fells] returning to the north. Returned to the car via the track through High Nook Farm.Butty14/01/2018
Definite Hp on outcropping rock in grass. very strong westerly winds but good views of whole routeDenise 30/12/2017
Maggies bridge - little Dodd - Hen Comb - Floutern Cop - Banna Fell - Gavel Fell - Blake Fell - Burnbank Fell - Maggies Bridgebriandiggle11/12/2017
Hen Comb, Gavel, Blake Fell and Burnbankjmistry8625/10/2017
Circuit from Maggie's Bridge with Jim, Jus & Cat. Walked up from Floutern Cop, dismounted by heading southwards on a path that eventually let us dodge a hound race and then leap dramatically across a swollen Mosedale Beck. Summit is unexciting but has nice views.wheresthepath23/09/2017
Solo walk from Maggie's Bridge car park, Loweswater - Burnbank Fell - Blake Fell - Gavel Fell - HEN COMB - Mellbreak, south and north tops - Wainwright 114Nutty02/09/2017
With Steve MarchEllie's Hills04/08/2017
Alone part of Mellbreak, Hencomb, Gavel Fell, Blake Fell and Burnbank Fell.rattymeister11/07/2017
Grey, on Saunders after retiring with rucksack under my arm.davechaffey01/07/2017
with Lynn Parkinderek_74422/06/2017
with K, from Buttermere.IanHHill12/06/2017
Long walk from Buttermere - Mellbreak, Hen, Burnbank, Blake, Gavelrichardsun26/05/2017
Lowers water fells today Mell break, Hen Comb, Gavel Fell, Blake Fell & Burnbank Fell With an extra loop over Carling Knott and Loweswater End 12.7 milesTobo196921/05/2017
From Loweswater Scramble up Mellbreak North Then on to Mellbreak South Hen Comb Gavel Fell Blake Fell Detour via Carling Knott Loweswater End Back to Burnbank Fell Descent through bluebell wood to Kirkstile InnWifey201621/05/2017
Solo - Steep drop on East sidedentalchimp07/05/2017
Second top of five on the 10 mile Loweswater fells walk from the book Walking the Wainwrights by Stuart Marshall. Start from the National trust car park at Maggie bridge west of Loweswater.WAYNE ROWLETT02/04/2017