: Unfinished Business
Just over two years ago (BB1409) we discovered the
Cathedral hidden in the heart of the English Lake District.
Today we came properly equipped to explore its
First, however, as before, we had a
traffic jam to negotiate and three rites
The first rite
to undertake the steep but relatively short ascent
of Side Pike, the significant bump opposite the Old Dungeon Ghyll
normal, our team picture was taken at the top, a superb
vantage point from which to view the panorama round
from Pike o’Blisco, the Crinkles, Bowfell and the main
Langdale Pike tops.
Unlike our first visits, (BB0606 & BB0912)
we had no JPL to accompany us which is probably why
we failed to encounter any TV personalities
from Side Pike
Crags & Bowfel somewhere up there!
Rite number two was to
pass through the Big Squeeze, which was a
novel experience for our two Squeeze virgins, Terry
the Big Squeeze
back to Side Pike
Rite number three was to
conquer Lingmell Fell which, in contrast,
is a fairly mundane climb but important for Terry as
it was another entry on his Wainwright tally. The
descent was enlivened by the discovery of several old
and some more
The weather had been dry but dull although the sun shone
as we stopped for lunch. I remember this because
Robin was scouring the skyline for the Howgills, Ingleborough
and Blackpool Tower, pondering just how far we could
93 million miles was my estimate!
To reach the Cathedral we had to drop down and cross
the valley (Little Langdale) by Slater Bridge.
I had not given this much thought but supposed it was
named after Mr Slater who one time owned the land.
Obviously it was because it is made of
slate and was a principal means of the slaters crossing
over from the village to get to work.
The entrance to the Cathedral is via a fairly nondescript
opening into a short tunnel. When you emerge out
at the other end however, it is a rather different matter.
You are presented with a huge cavern. You
can easily see how it got its name.
When preparing for the visit, I was researching whether
it was possible to explore further the second tunnel
into which Martin and I had ventured on our previous
visit, BB1409. I regarded this as unfinished business. I found lots of websites dedicated to the
Cathedral Cave tunnel system but unfortunately they
were for sites situated in New Zealand, Australia and
To my surprise, I could only find one mention
of a guide to the Langdale Cathedral
Tunnels, that on Roger Hiley's Loweswatercam website.
He shows a link to the Mine Explorer website
but sadly that page no longer works so no cave plan
was available. However,
I contacted Roger and he kindly provided me with guidance
of how to get in and out of the second tunnel. Here
is what he told me:
into the main cave and admire the pillar. Climb
up to the open quarry behind it (do not go back out
through your initial tunnel) in the left hand wall there
is a tunnel leading off left (east). I remember
it as a full height tunnel once you clambered down over
the entrance boulders.
is a long and dark tunnel so a torch each is essential
way along there was a branch off to the right to an
inner quarry cave, the entrance to which is gated. Yellow
paint marks dodgy rock that may be a risk ... don’t
touch. If you have explored then retrace your
steps to the main tunnel.
east in what I think was a straight line. The
roof dips slightly towards the end so mind your head.
The tunnel emerges directly onto the Tilberthwaite
care, I accept no responsibility ... and I hate to lose
web site viewers.
Roger. That was exactly what we needed to know.
We were all properly equipped with torches this time
so were able to venture into what otherwise would have
been perfect darkness. We observed the large side
cave with its strange yellow markings (without risking
life and limb by going beyond the Danger sign). Then
we returned to the main tunnel and made our way out.
The taller members of us found this increasingly
awkward as the roof height shrank considerably as we
neared the exit.
This unfinished business now completed, all that
remained was the pleasant stroll past the Three Shires
(see BB1132) over to
and up the Langdale
Back at the ODG the further unfinished
business was completed in the normal way. Cheers!
Thursday 14th April 2016
Secrets of using 112 on a mobile phone in
a recent outing we were discussing how to contact
the emergency services in case of an accident.
has directed us to a must watch video recorded
by Lyle Brotherton, author of the Ultimate
provides straight forward information and
advice that could prove invaluable in an
! now could
save lives in the future. Maybe yours.
14th April 2016
climbed in feet:
Pike, Lingmoor Fell, Cathedral Cave
Martin, Robin, Terry
routes are put online in gpx format which
should work with most mapping software. You can follow
our route in detail by downloading bb1614 .
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- although it may not be that up to date - or for the totals of the mileages and heights (ditto) see the Excel
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