This beautiful place is a true marvel, and really fun to explore. It has been in various movie scenes, including Snow White & The Huntsman. It’s not hard to see why, with its dramatic towering central pillar protruding from the ground towards the huge ceiling. There are old tunnels dotted around the place to discover which lead into the central chamber, and some lead deep into the hill. If you go through the cavern you come out in the open air quarry where you can look back down into the cavern, its quite the sight. The cavern was made in the 16th century by quarrymen, using dynamite to extract the rock. The site is owned by the National Trust but it is free and open all day and all year. Children tend to love this place as it holds a certain enchantment in the atmosphere, a land of adventure and exploration.
Caution: There are very steep drops, uneven ground, jagged rocks and the tunnels are low in places, pitch black and cold.
To get here is not to so obvious, do not follow satnav as it can tell you that parking is next to the cavern which you cannot. You can park near the Three Shires Inn at Little Langdale and do a nice circular walk that includes a beautiful 300 year old packhorse bridge named Slaters Bridge. You can also reach it from Hodge Close quarry doing a circular walk, it’s around 25 minute walk from Hodge Close.
Find walking directions in the website link on the right.
Photo Credits: Jonny Gios