Addacombe Hole

A last look back at the cove and the ruined sheepfold where I had spent the night.

Sheepfold, Addacombe Hole

Addacombe Hole is really the most spectacular hanging valley. Between Crag Hill and Wandope, it is  steep semi-circle of broken sides of crags and scree with a flatish bottom, and a moraine hiding an exceedingly sharp descent to Sail Beck. All evidence that glaciers were once at work here. Perhaps the only thing lacking is a waterfall over the lip. Addacombe Hole is particularly dry.

Combe‘, with or without the ‘e‘, is a generic Lakeland name for a cove or cirque. In Scotland they are known as ‘corries’, and in Wales, ‘cwms‘.

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