Hodge Close Quarry :
Hodge Close Quarry is just one of many slate workings in the Tilberthwaite Valley, between Langdale and Coniston. This was worked on a large scale from the 19th century to small scale in the early 1960s.
Hodge Close Quarry is a massive excavation of light green coloured slate, sheer-sided and unfenced, with an original worked depth from ground level of about 100m (300 feet). The 150 feet deep face is a favourite with abseilers, while the 150 feet deep flooded workings which extend below the surface are popular with divers.
From the far end two huge openings are visible at water level, one containing the wrecked steel base of a crane, which lead into the neighbouring Parrock Quarry.
For serious divers the quarry has a maximum depth of about 32m with visibility up to about 10m. There is a tunnel entrance at about 24m which leads to three chambers and 2 interconnecting tunnels.
Hodge Close Quarry is just one of many slate workings in the Tilberthwaite Valley, between Langdale and Coniston.
Nearby Cathedral Quarry, also known as Cathedral Cave is probably more well known. As it is not flooded it is popular with climbers and adventurous walkers.
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