Hodge Close walk

Walking trail

This manageable, low-level walk provides great views of the Langdale Pikes and surrounding fells, along with an insight into the historical industrial past of the area.

Slaters Bridge in the snow, Little Langdale, Cumbria


Map route for Hodge Close walk


Car parking area, grid ref: NY315016


Head from the car parking area along the road and down the hill until you reach a bungalow on the right-hand side of the road. Turn left and take the track down the hill opposite, going through a gateway and then taking the central sunken track down into the woods. Follow the track down into the woods, cross over Pierce How Beck and up the hill.

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When you reach another track at the crest of the hill in the woods, bear right and head along the track, passing between the quarry tips on the left and fields on the right.


Continue along the track, past the cottage on your left until you reach a junction with a single track road. Bear left and continue towards the river Brathay where there is a bridge and a ford.


Turn left, keeping the river on your right, and continue walking along the trackway with the woods on the left.


To the left of you is Atkinson Coppice a network of old slate quarries which sprawl across the side of the fell. Quarrying ended here in the 1950’s and slowly but surely the area is now being reclaimed by nature. First to colonise the spoil heaps are lichens and mosses followed by regenerating birch and ash and eventually oak. Continue along the track.

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Continue along the trackway, passing through a gateway until you reach a stile and gate through the wall on the right hand side. Take this footpath towards the river and Slater Bridge.

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Once over the bridge, take a right-hand turn through a wall and follow the footpath across the fields and through the gate.


When you reach some steps and a gate beside the road, turn left and walk up the road to the junction. At the junction of the roads, turn right and walk down the hill towards the Three Shires Inn.


Continue along the road until you reach the fingerpost on the right, marked 'footpath to Stang End'. Follow that footpath downhill and cross the bridge over the river, continuing until you reach the farm.


On reaching Stang End Farm, turn left up the hill on the road between the farmhouse and barns with the classic Lakeland spinning gallery. Then turn immediately right along a trackway signposted to Hodge Close.

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Follow the track along the side of Little Fell and The Dubs. Keep on the track bearing right through the gateway into the woods and continue on along the track until you reach a stone built house on the right.


Go through the gateway beside the house and back onto the tarmac road, passing an entrance down into Hodge Close quarry on your left. Hodge Close Quarry is a dramatic example of man's influence upon the appearance of a landscape, featuring a huge cavern with a water filled bottom which dominates the landscape, along with large spoil piles from the slate mining. Follow the road back to where your car is parked.


Car parking area, grid ref: NY315016

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Hodge Close walk


This walk is low level, though undulating with varying terrain, from tarmac roads to rough stony paths and grassy footpaths. Gradients are generally moderate.

Dogs should be kept under control and on a lead where necessary, taking particular care where livestock are present.

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Hodge Close walk

How to get here

Hodge Close, Little Langdale, Coniston, Cumbria
By road

Turn right off A590 at Greenodd on to A5902. After approximately 2 miles (3km) turn right on to A5084 then onto the A593 to Coniston. From Hawkshead turn right up Hawkshead Hill, then follow signs for Coniston.

From Coniston follow the A593 North, signposted Skelwith Bridge and Ambleside. Approximately 1.5 miles (2.5km) up the road take a left turn signposted Hodge Close. Then continue up that single track road until you reach a cark park in a quarry.

By foot

From Coniston follow the Cumbria Way from Shepherds Bridge towards Low Yewdale. At Low Yewdale cross over the beck and take the footpath to High Yewdale. At High Yewdale, turn left and walk along the road until you see a road on the right signposted Hodge Close. Follow this up to Hodge Close until you reach the quarry.

By bus

Coniston Rambler (505) runs from Windermere, Ambleside and Hawkshead. X12 runs from Ulverston Monday-Saturday, connecting with X35 from Kendal and Barrow. Buses not available all of the way to Hodge Close.

Hodge Close walk

Facilities and access

  • Dogs should be kept under control and on a lead where necessary