FUN FAMILY FRIENDLY WALK EXPLORING CAVES, TUNNELS, AND QUARRY RUINS SITUATED IN THE LITTLE LANGDALE VALLEY
PARKING-TIBERTHWAITE LA21 8DG
MILES- 4-5 MILES
FACILITIES- NON ON ROUTE BUT CONISTON HAS TOILETS, CAFE AND PUB
TERRAIN-EXCELLENT PATHS, SOME BUGGY/WHEEL CHAIR FRIENDLY TOWARDS THE CAVERN 2 PEOPLE REQUIRED FOR FULL CIRCULAR AS A COUPLE OF ROCKY SECTIONS BUT WE MANAGED WITH A TERRAIN BUGGY
KIDS RATING-10/10 ONE OF THEIR FAVOURITES, BUT WHO DOESNT LOVE A GOOD CAVE OR TUNNEL TO EXPLORE.
This is a walk we have done a dozen times, yet we always choose a different path from the cathedral and find more caves and more ruins to explore, its a walk you can do with little ones in a buggy for a straight there/back walk or the more adventurous explorers can walk miles and miles.
The route starts from the car park heading down the road and past the cottages towards the farm. Go through the farm ( please make sure to close all gates), you take the path straight ahead.
You now walk through the forest on good paths, the route here is easy to follow, with a couple of smaller caves along the route. You follow the path past a small cottage and continue straight ahead.
Continue straight ahead to the river and bridge, this makes a good picnic spot.
At this point the right hand path ( as you look at the bridge) leads you back to the car on a circular walk. We continue to the left and follow the path ahead until you come to a gate and stile on the left hand side.
Once you cross the still head up the slate path to the level area and you will come across a sign and the opening to Cathedral Cave.
Cathedral cavern is a long-abandoned slate mine whose origins date back as far as the sixteenth century. The site was bought in 1929 by Beatrix Potter, who then gave it to the National Trust.
At the other side of the small pond in the cave is a opening that leads outside the cave, not for the faint hearted as you do have a good scramble up some rocks which if they are wet can be dangerous. But this leads to a large tunnel, torches are required and great to explore the rocks inside the tunnel;
Reo scrambling up the rocks outside the cavern, it is a easy climb with plenty of rocks to hold on to but care is needed with kids.
Once you get to the top of the rocks you can explore the area, you can view the top of the cathedral via a large opening. The tunnel is in the corner facing where you have just scrambled. There is rocks to go down, there is rope to hold onto to get down the rocks.
Inside the tunnel
Examining the rocks
When you come out of the tunnel follow the path to the left down hill back to the path you original came on, you can return same way or go to the bridge and turn right making a nice circular walk.
There are so many different routes, we use OS MAPS to pick our paths.
Also once at the car park you have options to explore more ruins, with steps leading from the car park or walk past the car park and at the side of the road you drove in one is another tunnel and more ruins.
MORE PHOTOS FORM THE WALK