8th September 2006

A sunny afternoon on Mellbreak and Hen Comb.


Walk Overview
Time 14.10 to 17.40
Duration 3hr 30 min
Distance 6.2 mile
Ascent 2556 ft
Walking with On my own
Loweswater - Kirk Head - Mellbreak - Mosedale - Hen Comb - Kirk Head - 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



Whiteside and Grasmoor taken just after the start of the walk.

Loweswater with Darling Fell and Low Fell on its right.

Looking down Lorton Vale from the steeper section of the route up Mellbreak.

And again from a little higher up.

Melbreak's "slightly" lower top found at the Loweswater end of the ridge.

Mellbreak's summit - the "slightly" higher top at the Buttermere end of the ridge.

Looking over to Grasmoor, Wandope and Whiteless Pike.

From the summit I doubled back to the lowest point on the ridge and headed down to Mosedale, where I had to walk up and down looking for a place to cross Mosedale Beck.
They say a photo never lies, well I suppose this one does give you the impression that I'm steady on my feet and able to take a picture while standing on a wet, slippery rock. If you'd seen the splash I made when I tried to jump to the edge, you'd say this photo certainly wasn't telling the truth. Next time I'll use the bridge!

Heading up to Hen comb now and looking towards the flat, boggy area at the head of Mosedale. The pointed fell in he background is Red Pike.

And the view in the opposite direction towards the Loweswater end of Mosedale.

A lovely late summer afternoon on Hen Comb summit.

The view down the Hen Comb ridge.

And again from about half way down the ridge. Possibly the most enjoyable descent in the Lake District and proving that the Lakes has far more to offer than the more popular, higher fells.

Another crossing of Mosedale Beck; this time using the stepping stones.

And finally a lovely view of Grasmoor, seen from the zig-zag track back to Loweswater.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks