Saturday, 1 July 2000

Hen Comb

Hen Comb and marshy Mosedale
Height: 509m (1,670ft)
Prominence: 140m (2,992ft)
Region: Western Fells
Classifications: HuMP, Dewey, Wainwright, Birkett
Summit feature: Cairn
Times climbed: 1
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The Loweswater Five - 08/05/2016
A surprisingly good view from the summit
What Wainwright said:

"Following the general pattern of the Loweswater Fells, Hen Comb rises as a long ridge from the valley to a round summit set well back. It is a grassy fell, almost entirely, with a rocky knuckle, Little Dodd, midway on the ridge".

Hen Comb is a linear ridge, beginning in the fields of the Loweswater valley and climbing away southwards. Although of only moderate height, its ascent can be difficult as it is largely surrounded by bogs.

Hen Comb has no direct topographical link with Mellbreak to the east, the two parallel ridges being separated by the wet valley of Mosedale. The head of Mosedale curves westward around the summit of Hen Comb, its source being at Floutern Tarn.

A cairn atop the grassy dome marks the summit, from which a respectable view can be seen. The Buttermere valley is a high point with the Grasmoor range beyond. Both arms of the Western Fells are also seen to good effect.