25th March 2017

Coves, Combes and Holes of the Lake District - Walk 6 - Addacomb Hole and Long Comb

Time 8:45am to 2:30pm
Duration 5 hr 45 min
Distance 8.4 mile
Ascent 3300 ft - feels a heck of a lot more than that
Walking with Rod Hepplewhite
Newlands Valley - Rigg Beck - Addacomb Beck - Addacomb Hole - Wandope - Crag Hill - The Scar - Sail - Long Comb - High Moss - Stonycroft Gill - Newlands Valley
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre -
Car park, Newlands Valley

Newlands is my favourite of all the Lakeland valleys and this car park offers easy access to the very heart of the place. For those with a preference for higher places, Causey Pike and Barrow are both within easy reach of the car park.
There is also space for a couple of cars on the roadside hear Stoneycroft Gill.

Parking is free.

Weather Readings

The Gadget
All readings were taken using a Kestrel 2000 Weather Meter
Live temperature recorded at the time I press the hold key
Maximum Wind Speed Maximum wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location Average Wind Speed
Average wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location
Wind Chill
Combination of wind speed and temperature. The gadget does the calculations not me.

Route Map


Today, we finally get the chance to set out on the Addacomb Hole walk which over the previous two months has been postponed about 5 times due to the weather. More than once in the past we've commented that the best walks are often the ones that have been held back for those perfect Lakeland days. Some walks deserve special treatment and this route is one of them.
Before setting off I look across to the Skiddaw fells, make the camera go click and realise we're in for a real treat today.

After a short walk along the road we turn onto the path which would take us alongside Rigg Beck and eventually to Addacomb Beck. That's where the hard work starts.

In front of us is Ard Crag (we're not going there), Sail (we're going there) and Scar Crags (we're not going there).

Somewhere about the high point on this route between Newlands Valley and Buttermere you get the first sightings of the Red Pike / High Stile ridge.

Here's a close up of Addacomb Hole and Wandope

and here's a not so close up picture showing the steep walk up the side of the beck to get up there.

After lots of puffing and panting, brow mopping and catching our breath stops, we reach the impressive Addacomb Hole. The hard work isn't over yet though, we're heading up to Wandope; up on the left of the picture.


Looking back down to Addacomb Hole.

A close up of the eastern fells from Raise on the left to Nethermost Pike on the right.

Crag Hill and Sail.

It was almost like summer up here today. Lots of people walking in short sleeves and three shirtless cyclists sitting at the top of Wandope sunning themselves. Yes, postponing this walk numerous time in the hope of a nice day certainly paid off.

That's where we're heading next.

Another view down to Addacomb Hole.


Crag Hill summit was the perfect spot for something to eat today.

A close up of the Isle of Man which looks like it's floating on a sea of mist & haze.

Dinner with a view of Hopegill Head and Grisedale Pike and, , , ,

, , , , Coledale, the northern fells, Outerside, Barrow, Causey Pike and Scar Crags. Plus, Great Mell Fell, Clough Head, Great Dodd and in the far distance the snow topped Pennines.

Great Mell Fell and Clough Head in front of the Pennines.

Walking down The Scar.


Looking back up The Scar to Crag Hill while on the left we comment on how steep the ridge up to Wandope looks "that's because it is" I was reminded.

Sail summit.

Pity the snow will eventually melt off here because in this state the awful path isn't as much of a blot on the landscape as normal.


Here we make our way into Long Comb. There wasn't much snow on the ground but what there was was soft and slippery which made the journey across to the sheepfold a time consuming and careful one.

The view out of Long Comb.

Out of Long Cove, up to High Moss and starting the walk down the side of Stonycroft Gill. Lovely views all the way and getting warmer as I lost height. Fantastic!

I wonder where everyone is on such a nice day. Between High Moss and the valley I only saw two other people.

As I round the corner, the Skiddaw fells and Blencathra come back into view.

And to finish, I walk into Newlands Valley with warm sunshine tanning the back of my neck and the feeling of a day well spent on the fells of Lakeland.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks