Tilberthwaite, Betsy Crag, and Hodge Close

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Tilberthwaite, Betsy Crag, and Hodge Close is a 7.6 kilometer loop trail located near Coniston, Cumbria, England that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips.

Distance: 7.6 km Elevation Gain: 404 m Route Type: Loop

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There are many route choices starting from the Low Tilberthwaite parking area when making an ascent of Wetherlam. But Wetherlam has many other attributes besides its lofty summit, for its flanks are dotted with mine workings from a by-gone era, to gain access to the wealth of copper and fine slate. The area of the walk covers the area between Tilberthwaite and Little Langdale valley. Leaving the valley and passing in front of the row of cottages on the track which passes alongside the northern side of Tilberthwaite Gill, a deviation is made to climb steeply beside an unnamed beck to reach the house towards Little Langdale (Note - don't follow the quarry road which is met beforehand). A substantial ladder stile crosses the wall towards Low Fell. The path is intermittent and the area is mainly heather with wet places. Low Fell summit is a perfect peaceful place with plenty of sheltered hollows from which to contemplate scenic views over Little Langdale towards Lingmoor and the Langdales. After retracing your steps, branch east to gain a fell track beside the wall to reach High Fellside Quarry which is still active producing high value slate kitchen worktops. From here go down the quarry spoil heap in front of the buildings and over a wire fence to follow the wall down at the side of the old abandoned Runstone Quarry (very impressive in size) over heather and bilberries (in season) to reach the Fell road below. The Fell road is immediately crossed and a trackless route taken over wet ground to gain a stile over the wall to the woodland area cloaking the impressive quarry known as Cathedral Quarry near the National Trust bothy. This is well worth seeking out on account of its central supporting column and its sheer size. Drop down to the main route below and from the footbridge and ford the valley route back towards Tilberthwaite is followed before turning off to reach Hodge Close. On this track notice a flooded entrance on the right before a gate which gives sub-aqua divers access to the lake at the bottom of the quarry. After paying due regard to this impressive feat of man, which very nearly became a council rubbish (landfill) site, a return is made along the tarmac road.

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