Lake District: Hodge Close to Little Langdale

8 November 2014

On a somewhat dreary day, it was time for a lower level walk, and a few geocaches to find in Little Langdale formed the inspiration for an exploration of a few places I hadn't been before.


After parking near the big hole at Hodge Close, we descended the big piles of slate waste


An artificial course for the beck through the slate waste


We then reached the bridleway through Moss Rigg Wood


At this point there is a ford for vehicles, albeit with restricted access nowadays, but I wouldn't fancy taking a car through this (or, worse, a non-motorised vehicle). Fortunately the dogs and I would have use of the pedestrian bridge when we returned later.


For now it was time to head a little west along the valley to reach this mine


The mine made an interesting spot to explore, but was also the site of a geocache, my first underground one


The entrance passageway


Emerging back into daylight, the next point of interest is Slater Bridge, a spot I'd seen in many photos, but never visited


Slater Bridge from another angle


After a little walk across country to get another cache, we head back for the ford and bridge, fortunately with an elevated walkway alongside the road


At Stang End the dogs seem to have a difference of opinion about which is the right way


The mist thickens on this dreary day as we head around Little Fell


Approaching the slate waste of Hodge Close.
 

An interesting walk exploring some areas I've seen in photos and on the map, but not visited. A total of 5.5km which I spread over 2 hours with my exploration of the various points en route.

 

 

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