|Location:||Hodge Close Quarry||Time Taken:||3 hours (from meeting to leaving)||Price:||From £65 (per person)|
This is a great little adventure and all of the individual elements are avoidable if there are any bits you don’t fancy. Firstly we don wetsuits, then we immediately get the blood pumping by abseiling down into a huge disused quarry. Once in the quarry we explore the old mine tunnels and swim in an underground pool in the pitch black. From here re-emerge into the daylight and take a plunge in the quarry itself, jumping from the cliff’s into the water. Finally we escape through an old mine tunnel to finish. Are you ready for the challenge?
Who will it suit?
No previous experience required. This is for adults and families with teens. All that is needed is a realistic level of fitness and an adventurous nature. This goes ahead in all weather as it cannot flood.
The adventure takes place in a massive disused quarry in Little Langdale called Hodge Close. The quarry has a very deep pool at its base that is surrounded on three sides by its huge cliffs. It is also riddled with dark tunnels and a terrifying underground pool.
It really is an impressive quarry to behold (if you dare open your eyes). The venue will take your breath away and have your knees knocking with fear.
The quarry is right where you park your car (free parking) and never floods. It is a great activity that will get your pulse racing, however, it does have the benefit of all of the elements being avoidable so you can pick and choose which you wish to participate in. It is a good activity to book onto if you are worried about the weather forecast as it can be run in all weather conditions at all times of year.
This adventure involves a great combination of abseiling, cliff jumping, mine exploration and swimming. It has the benefit of ALL of the different elements being avoidable, meaning you can miss out the bits you don’t wish to take part in.
Who does it suit?
This adventure isn’t a strenuous activity by nature, however, it can be strenuous walking back out of the quarry, therefore a reasonable level of fitness is required.
During the abseil the harness can dig in and therefore be uncomfortable on the groin and lower back where it makes contact with you. It is suitable for both adults and teens as long as the individual is ok with at least one of the following: heights, darkness and/or water.
All persons under 18 must be accompanied by their OWN parent or LEGAL guardian.
- Full wetsuit (3-5mm)
- Additional wetsuit jacket (3-4mm)
- Buoyancy aid
- Glow stick
- All equipment & guide
- Medical kit with a dry storage container for personal medication
Note: We also have special winter kit for the winter months!
What to bring:
- Old trainers – no wellies, sandals, crocs or slip-on type shoes
- Swimming costume/trunks/underwear
- Old shorts for over the wetsuit (no shorter than mid-thigh)
- Rash vest/base layer/gym t-shirt (not cotton – its cold when wet)
Please ensure you bring the old shorts for over the top of the wetsuit. Failure to do so will result in not taking part in the activity.
We try to time our sessions so we experience the venue at its quietest times during the day. This venue does see a lot of traffic on the abseil – especially in the busy months. The morning slot is almost guaranteed to ensure we miss everyone else.
How long will it last?
The activity will last no more than 3 hours from the point we meet to the point we say goodbye. The exact time depends on group size, the confidence and ability as well as the fitness of the participants and also the weather conditions.
What time of year?
This takes place all year round. Please be aware that the sessions go ahead even if it is cold, windy, raining and even snowing to a point. Please have this in mind if you book for the colder months as there is more chance of poor weather and you need to be up for it.
So to reinforce the point further – please expect for the activity to go ahead even in poor weather and if you are not keen on this idea then don’t book.
Hodge Close Quarry car park, Little Langdale, LA21 8DJ. This postcode will take you to some cottages, continue 350 yards to the car park. The parking is free.
Sometimes peoples SatNavs take them down the wrong road ( either Oxen Fell or an unmarked road) . You only turn off the A593 when you see a sign marked ‘Hodge Close Only’. This will be either just before or after the Tilberthwaite turn off , depending on which direction you’re coming from.
You are looking for a silver logo’d van parked up in the car park. Please leave enough time for travelling as there is no refunds for people who turn up late.
- Suitable for “first-timers”
- Free parking (limited)
- Safe bet in all weather
- Lots of activities in one adventure including – abseiling, cliff jumping, swimming and mine exploration.
- All elements can be avoided
- No walking to the venue – you park just above the quarry
- Great for spectators
- No toilet or changing area where we park (we use screens)
- Not suitable for people that do not like at least one of the following: water, heights or darkness.
- Can get busy
- Limited free parking
- Can be a bit of waiting around for your turn with big groups
This activity is adrenaline packed and will leave you feeling EPIC!
Please contact us for further details