Dramatic Hodge close it was a green slate quarry in the Tilberthwaite Valley, near Langdale. First quarried in the 19th century right up until the 1960s.
Hodge close quarry is known as an extreme diving location for serious divers the quarry has a maximum depth of about 32m with visibility up to about 10m. There is a tunnel entrance at about 24m which leads to three chambers and two interconnecting tunnels. however, the cold water and high altitude make this one only for experienced divers.
Sadly Hodge Close has claimed the life's of several divers and hikers over the years.
A couple of miles north of Coniston, you can park for free at GR 315017 on OS map OL7.
* Walkers and divers please read the warning signs and note the roped off areas around Hodge Close - due to sudden vertical drops and loose rocks. Please ensure the safety of yourself and visit at your own risk.