Tilberthwaite Walk

Name of walk Tilberthwaite Walk
Date of walk 2019-02-22
Distance walked (miles) 7
Duration of walk 6 hours 0 minutes
Weather sunshine
Peaks on walk None
Walked with Andy, Jo, Jason, Cameron, Doug, Sue, Lucy, Caroline, Hannah.
Parking Tilberthwaite

On Friday I was meeting up with some bell ringing friends at Tilberthwaite to do a walk that incorporated some geology. Sue’s daughter, Lucy is a geology teacher. Andy’s son Jason is studying geology at A level, and Andy’s brother, Doug has a lot of geology knowledge. So we decided on a walk to include Hodge Close and Cathedral Quarry, places I’ve visited many times before, but always happy to return to.

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A moody, misty Coniston Water.

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Andy Goldsworthy's sheepfold at Tilberthwaite.

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I'm at Tilberthwaite 15 minutes early, so I nip down the road to Penny Rigg Mill, an 1860's copper mine.

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Part of the crushing mill.

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The pit where the water wheel went.

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Inside the water wheel pit.

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Mine level entrance.

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This tunnel is six foot high and 988m in length. The ore was brought to the mill through this tunnel. I'd need wellies to go in any further.

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The powder house.

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I head off to look for another level.

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Need to stoop to enter this one. I walk back along the top and wait for the others to arrive.

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Getting ready to set off. (AP)

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Heading for Hodge Close.

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One of the quarry sites at Hodge Close.

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The geologists examine quarried rock. (AP)

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Charlie is always so photogenic. (AP)

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We gather on the precipitous edge of the quarry. (AP)

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Looking down to where we will be in a short while.

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Below, the two holes that lead into the next quarry.

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Lucy at the entrance to the quarry. It is a steep descent.

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'Middle Earth' always springs to mind.

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We come out at the two entrances level with the water.

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View out.

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View back to Middle Earth.

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Lucy on the left, studying the rock.

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Doug in his hard hat adding some scale.

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Sue following me as we head back through the quarry.

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One of Andy's superb macro shots.

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We walk to Cathedral Quarry. Lingmoor ahead.

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Andy's shot of me and the others buzzard watching.

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Lucy examining a rock. (AP)

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The ford is a bit deep!

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We head up to the entrance of Cathedral Quarry.

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The short tunnel in.

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I've used Andy's photo, which was identical to mine, but me and Sue in the photo adds the scale.

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Looking for fish.

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Hannah, Cameron, Jason and Caroline.

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Jason, Doug and Lucy examine the rocks.

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Lunch!

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Lucy has a box of mixed biscuits, but not for eating! Each biscuit represents a different type of rock, depending on its layers, ripples, crystal (chocolate chips) size etc. Cool! If I was a geology teacher I'd be very fat! (SF)

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During lunch I head up for the view down in to another bit of the quarry. There are steps down, but the rock is angled, wet and slippery, so I go back up and continue round.

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Another view down. The black hole is one of the areas to look down on the quarry cave.

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I find another cave containing some primary aged kids from Broughton, Millom and Dalton and their tutors. They are building a fire.

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I walk to the back of the cave.

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The view out from the cave.

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I continue my exploration of the old buildings.

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The views out over Little Langdale.

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I head back down, just to the left, and go under the path for the other view into Cathedral Cave.

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The route under the path.

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The view down on Cathedral Cave.

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The route that leads to the open area of the quarry (that I had just looked down on from above) is via a rock step. My knee replacement doesn't have enough bend or strength to negotiate this safely, so I go with Sue, Jo and Douglas to the far end of the 100m tunnel on the Tilberthwaite path, where we can go in from the other end. (AP)

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From the Tilbertwaite path, Sue and I head up the slope to the tunnel entrance. We get out our head torches.

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The tunnel is 100m long with another tunnel leading to a small chamber off to the left. The light isn't the end of the tunnel, but another head torch.

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We meet the others coming through, but continue on through. (AP)

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The tunnel comes out at the rocks 15m to the right of Sue.

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I am now in the quarry that I saw from above.

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Looking down again on Cathedral Cave. We head back through the tunnel and catch up with the others at the Tilberthwaite path.

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Doug, Lucy, Jo and Andy.

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Approaching the farm at Tilberthwaite.

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Nearly back to the car park. The route over to Greenburn.

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Andy's photo of the sheep at the cattle grid. It made me think: Maybe Hitchcock should have made 'The Sheep' instead of 'The Birds'?

A very interesting walk in good company, plus a tunnel that I’d never been through before! Thanks to Lucy for her infectious enthusiasm and knowledge, and to Andy and Sue (AP, SF) for the use of a few of their photos. With all my extra wanderings the walk was seven and a half miles.

Jo.

 

 

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