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PLACES TO DIVE UK INLAND DIVES

Hodge Close

From Windermere head along the lake towards Ambleside. Turn onto the A593 towards Coniston. The turn for Hodges Close is about 3 miles along this road on the right. Follow the road until you come to some farm houses. Pay the farmer so that you can park as close as possible.

To access the site requires walking in full kit through a semi-flooded tunnel and then climbing down a scaffolding ladder. Do not attempt this unless you are physically up to it.

Visibility is good and the depth is roughly 30 metres, although this changes after each rock fall. Land slips are quite frequent and have blocked at least one of the cave entrances. Thus this is not a dive for the novice. The caves should only be attempted by those properly trained and equipped as fatalities have occurred. This is also an altitude dive at 150 metres.

Do not dive once frost has set in as this causes large chunks of wall to shear off, plus the water is cold all year round.


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marine boy
posted : November 09, 2011

http://www.youtube.com/user/stdivingservices?feature=mhsn#p/a/u/1/yuBxRmxVuTQ

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Chris Woolley
posted : August 12, 2010

Hi all, I'm thinking of organising a weekend trip to Hodge soon, does anyone know of anywhere to get fills close by? I don't fancy having to drive all the way back to Capernwray. Thanks.

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Chris Hall
posted : June 27, 2009

Dived the Close on Thursday. Visibility pushing 20m. Still chilly at the bottom though. A cool 5.6 degrees. Crystal clear inside the tunnels. Found belaying inside the tunnels very difficult. There are very few decent belay points, as the floor is simply covered in large chunks of very flat slate. There are also a few glo-sticks left inside there. It's a shame that people don't take their rubbish with them when they leave.

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Kev W
posted : April 14, 2009

Ive dived Hodge close twice in the last 6 months....and theres never anybody else there. WHY DOES NOBODY DIVE HODGE CLOSE these days???? I used to dive it a lot 10-15 years ago and it was a lot more popular.

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deep tech gnome
posted : October 22, 2006

hi all im thinking of going up to hodge but a friend told he herd there has been another rock fall blocking the entrance into the caves. could anyone throw some light on thisfor me many thanks

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Scott.l.
posted : June 05, 2006

Hi guys, I wonder if you could help me? I am keen to have a dive in Hodge Close. I am not interested in the cave system as I am not cave trained, but fancy a dive in the main area. I will be travelling down from Isle of Skye after an expedition there and heading to Norfolk for a holiday. We were planning to stop off around the Lake District area to break the journey up, and since I will have my dive kit in the car anyway, I thought about grabbing the oppertunity for a dip in Hodge Close. I am a BSAC Open Water Instructor / BSAC Advanced diver with approx 500 dives. I am looking for an experienced buddy to dive with in the quarry and wondered if you can put me in touch with anyone? The dates I will be in the area will be 20th/21st June (midweek) I know Hodge Close well as I lived in Cumbria for 1 year at Wray Castle, and have driven my Land Rover up the back way to the quarry several times, but have never managed to get a dive there. Hope you can help? Scott

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Paynie
posted : May 13, 2006

Dived Hodge on 8/5/6. Cold 5C. Vis only about 6m but none the less decent dive. Access to cave at 24 m still available no recent land slips

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barbapopa
posted : February 15, 2006

for anyone who can use it there is a map of hodge close tunnel system on my web site i ponced of an old copy of 990 magazine web site is www.techdiveuk.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk on the dive sites page

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'Sme again!
posted : October 16, 2005

I wish to report a theft...within the last 2 weeks someone has stolen the Viz. It was there last time we dived but today it has gone. Its a pity that those bustards responsible couldn't be ar5ed to take away all the plastic containers that our friends "from close to a river which has a ferry running across it" decided to leave after they had moved the vans around! Tw@s Other than that it was still a good dive [as ever] and fairly busy as well; probably a slight contributary factor to the viz, but not totally.

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ian t
posted : October 06, 2005

dived hodge today for first time with 2 experianced divers could not believe the way in through the tunnel.but after lugging all the gear through it was worth it??good dive viz only 5 mtrs down to 25 mtrs 2 dives thanks

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sheepboy
posted : September 26, 2005

Just dived Hodge, vis good below 20m (15m+) went to the first chamber, very clear inside water temp 7-11c no one else there on Sat morning, the obvious entry point after coming down the ladders has a large sloping rock in the water, it is inrcedibly slippy, beware, step on that without your air on and the next stop is the bottom, has someone been digging out the other tunnel entrance?

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'Sme again!
posted : September 11, 2005

Ball pond still in evidence. Tidied some of it away. When will the long wheelbase van [with the little kitchen in the back of it] return to tidy up its mess?? Day did do dat dare doh, didn'd day! Viz still poor down to 15m, none the less enjoyable all the same

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taz
posted : September 04, 2005

not bad viz the other sunday @50 mtrs, it was a bit warmer than in the tunnels.

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'Sme again!
posted : August 31, 2005

Nah, not me! We were there on monday am. A Transit from Blackpool...thats a luxury form of transport for a Sandgrownun. More used to a Horse and Cart [Landau] on the prom!!! But strange that you should mention it ; we were actually 'in transit from Blackpool' spooky or what? How's dotty at pres? Might go on sunday

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taz
posted : August 31, 2005

sme again were you in the transit from b pool ?

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'Sme again!
posted : August 29, 2005

Dived here today, nice 'n quiet. Worst viz I have seen in 9 years! Still a top dive, though but. Pity about all the floating orange plastic containers on the surface, made it like diving in a kids 'ball pond'. The next time the 'depositors' visit the site could you please remove your 'dross'! You know who you are., so do we. [clue...] Day dont do dat 'ere doh do day? more hints to follow

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taz
posted : August 29, 2005

hodge close is 446 ft above sea level acording to the gps. water temp at the back of chamber 3 on sunday was 6 deg.

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taz
posted : August 06, 2005

Due to the recent death of Mr John cooper. The shop cooper ice & aqua is open on Thursdays Fridays and Saturdays For air / nitrox fills. Apeks servicing. Dive kit hire. Cylinder testing and General sales. 120 high street Wellington Telford. phone 01952 273905

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max
posted : May 25, 2005

DIVED HERE LAST SUNDAY, NOT BEEN FOR 18MTHS STILL A TOP DIVE, DID THE TUNNELS THRO' TO THE LAST CHAMBER, VIZ WAS EXCELLENT. HOPE YOU GUYS MOVING THE VAN MANAGED IT.

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sheepboy
posted : November 01, 2004

OK, I went to have a look myself, good couple of dives on Sunday, very quiet only one other group there, vis 15m ish, temp 10c, 5.00 to park, ladder into the black hole made access very difficult, what happened to the metal platform? looks like its been blown up!!

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