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Hen Comb
509m (1670ft)

The Western Fells, The Lake District, Cumbria, England


Record Hen Comb as Bagged, Climbed & Conquered


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Wainwright
(No. 171)

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English Dewey
163rd highest in England,
374th in England & Wales

Walk Hen Comb walking UK Mountains in The Western Fells The Lake District National Park Cumbria, England

Hen Comb Summit

Photo: David Hayter

You can find Hen Comb & all the walks that climb it on these unique free-to-access Interactive Walk Planning Maps: (click/TAP to select)

The Lake District National Park


1:25,000 scale OS Explorer Map (the ones with orange/yellow covers):

OL4 The English Lakes - North Western area


1:50,000 scale OS Landranger Map (the ones with pink/magenta covers):

89 West Cumbria, Cockermouth & Wast Water


See Hen Comb and the surrounding tops on our free-to-access 'Google Style' Peak Bagging Maps:

See Hen Comb and the surrounding tops on our downloadable PDF Peak Bagging Maps:

NB: Whether you print off a copy on to paper or download it to your phone, these PDF Peak Baggers Maps will prove incredibly useful when your are up there on the tops and you cannot get a phone signal!


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You can walk to the top of Hen Comb by using any of these 3 easy‑to‑follow route maps:
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Walk c421 Mellbreak and Hen Comb from Loweswater

Short ridge ascent (scramble) to fine views

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Vital Statistics:

Length: 6.25mls (10km)
Ascent:6ft (770m)
Time:5 hrs
Grade:Walk Grade 6 Icon (Moderate)
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Walk c413 Burnbank Fell, Gavel Fell and Hen Comb from Loweswater

High level walk away from the crowds

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Vital Statistics:

Length: 8.5mls (13.5km)
Ascent:2,540ft (774m)
Time:6 hrs
Grade:Walk Grade 6 Icon (Moderate)
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Walk c212 Burnbank Fell, Gavel Fell, Hen Comb and Mellbreak from Loweswater

High level walk away from the crowds

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Vital Statistics:

Length: 9.5ml (15km)
Ascent:3,666ft (1,117m)
Time:7.25hrs
Grade:Walk Grade 7 Icon (Hard)

Other walkers who hiked, climbed, bagged and summited Hen Comb Fellow go4awalkers who have already walked, climbed, summited & bagged Hen Comb

Richard Marchant walked up Hen Comb on November 12th, 2022 [from/via/route] Parked at Maggie's Bridge then walked up through Holme Wood on to Burbank Fell. From here I headed along a broad ridge on to Blake Fell & continued on to Gavel Fell staying high & heading South on the broad ridge. From Gavel I dropped down to Floutern Pass & headed East & then headed North up on to Hen Comb. Retracing my steps back to the pass I carried on Eastward & then picked up a path heading Northward on to Mellbreak & eventually over it & descended steeply in to Loweswater & back by road to the car. [with] On my Own [weather] Misty start to the Day with a slight breeze but brightened up by the afternoon

Paul Macey climbed Hen Comb on July 26th, 2022 [from/via/route] c212 in reverse [with] Luke [weather] Sunny

John Tippins bagged Hen Comb on July 12th, 2022 [from/via/route] From Loweswater [with] Alone [weather] Overcast most of the day & very windy on top, but dry. Sunny late afternoon.

Richard Fulcher hiked Hen Comb on April 20th, 2022 [from/via/route] Parked in Maggies Bridge car park near Loweswater. Walked up through High Nook Farm & around the top of Holme Wood & then ascended up to Burnbank Fell. Continued on to Blake Fell, Gavel Fell & finally Hen Comb. Returned down Loweswater Fell to the hotel in Loweswater for a pint & a lager in the sun! [with] Jen [weather] A perfect day for walking - sunshine, light winds & some cloud in the afternoon. - Good packed lunch with chocolate biscuits & cake!

Christine Shepherd summited Hen Comb on May 30th, 2010 [from/via/route] Walked from Maggie's Bridge using walk c212 Climbed again on 14.10.21 using walk c413 [with] On my own [weather] Bright & sunny

Pete George conquered Hen Comb on August 28th, 2021 [from/via/route] Loweswater [with] Roco [weather] Sunny

Michael Austin scaled Hen Comb on October 13th, 2020 [from/via/route] C212

Claire Murray walked up Hen Comb on March 7th, 2021 [from/via/route] Burnbank Fell, Blake Fell, Gavel Fell, Hen Comb & Mellbeck from Loweswater [with] Vitor [weather] Lovely! - Lovely walk over peaty ground, would be very boggy in the rain

Chris Sheard climbed Hen Comb on October 25th, 2020 [from/via/route] Across from Gavel fell [with] Jamie [weather] Winds eased, warmed up 14c (wild overnight with heavy hail) - Nice easy off over Loweswater fell - Mosedale ford washed out wet boot stream crossing - great fun!!!

Christina Lander bagged Hen Comb on October 18th, 2020 [from/via/route] Maggie's Bridge, Loweswater - Mosedale Beck - Hen Comb - Gavel Fell - Blake Fell - Burnbank Fell - Holme Wood - Maggie's Bridge [with] Dick [weather] Bright start, then in the clouds on Hen Combe. Then bright with good visibility for the rest of the walk - Very boggy, might not do this exact walk again!

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More Photographs & Pictures of views from, on or of Hen Comb

Hen Comb summit cairn . . .

Hen Comb summit cairn . . .

Photo: Christine Shepherd (508)

Hen Comb (left), Gavel Fell, Carling Knott and Burnbank Fell (right) from Scale Hill, Loweswater

Hen Comb (left), Gavel Fell, Carling Knott and Burnbank Fell (right) from Scale Hill, Loweswater

Photo: Philip Butler (10)

The Isle of Man from Hen Comb

The Isle of Man from Hen Comb

Photo: Gerry Ball (36)

Robinson (left), Buttermere and Red Pike (Buttermere) from Hen Comb

Robinson (left), Buttermere and Red Pike (Buttermere) from Hen Comb

Photo: Raymond Brown (46)

Buttermere Lake - with the lower slopes of High Stile (left), Hen Comb (centre) and Mellbreak (right)

Buttermere Lake - with the lower slopes of High Stile (left), Hen Comb (centre) and Mellbreak (right)

Photo: Jack Adams (1)

Hen Comb from Mosedale Beck

Hen Comb from Mosedale Beck

Photo: David Hayter (364)

Great Borne from Hen Comb

Great Borne from Hen Comb

Photo: Raymond Brown (45)

Mellbreak with Grasmoor beyond from Hen Comb

Mellbreak with Grasmoor beyond from Hen Comb

Photo: Raymond Brown (49)

High Snockrigg and Robinson, Buttermere and Fleetwith Pike from the summit of Hen Comb

High Snockrigg and Robinson, Buttermere and Fleetwith Pike from the summit of Hen Comb

Photo: David Hayter (368)

Hen Comb summit cairn with Mellbreak and Crummock Water beyond

Hen Comb summit cairn with Mellbreak and Crummock Water beyond

Photo: Raymond Brown (47)

Great Bourne from Hen Comb

Great Bourne from Hen Comb

Photo: Gerry Ball (37)

The Path to Hen Comb from Loweswater

The Path to Hen Comb from Loweswater

Photo: David Hayter (373)

Robinson (left), Buttermere and Red Pike (Buttermere) from Hen Comb summit cairn

Robinson (left), Buttermere and Red Pike (Buttermere) from Hen Comb summit cairn

Photo: Raymond Brown (48)

Loweswater with Fellbarrow and Low Fell from Hen Comb

Loweswater with Fellbarrow and Low Fell from Hen Comb

Photo: Gerry Ball (35)

Hen Comb summit cairn

Hen Comb summit cairn

Photo: Christine Shepherd (843)

Buttermere, Fleetwith Pike and Dale Head from Hen Comb

Buttermere, Fleetwith Pike and Dale Head from Hen Comb

Photo: Gerry Ball (40)

Hen Comb from Whiteoak Moss

Hen Comb from Whiteoak Moss

Photo: Christine Shepherd (842)

Mosedale with Red Pike (Buttermere) (centre left) and Starling Dodd (centre right) beyond from the lower slopes of Hen Comb

Mosedale with Red Pike (Buttermere) (centre left) and Starling Dodd (centre right) beyond from the lower slopes of Hen Comb

Photo: David Hayter (366)


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