Hodge Close – a well-known quarry and cave dive site near Coniston. Diving is in a discussed slate quarry. There is parking at the top of the quarry and alongside the entrance to the old quarry. There is no vehicular access to the tunnel entrance.
Access – two ways into the quarry. one from the tunnel beneath the car park. A 100m flat but stooped walk through a flooded tunnel to a cave giving access to the quarry down a short 3m scaffold ladder. The second a short walk through the old quarry to the platform
Diving The water is generally clear but cold. Hodge Close is 186m above sea level and is considered an altitude dive. Vertical Walls, large boulders and wrecked cars. There is an entrance to a tunnel system at 23m well used by cave divers – not for the faint heated or unprepared.
There is a second dive through the sump. Walk into the tunnel alongside the platform into darkness and into a flooded cavern. Entry into the water down another short ladder into the water which is about 8.5m deep. Swim around admiring the rock formations then head through an arch towards daylight and exit through what looks like a puddle.