Hodge Close Quarry
Hodge Close Quarry is a large, steep sided, disused slate quarry that is flooded with water. Favoured by rock climbers and divers the quarry is now a great place for outdoor sports, walking or just exploring. Aside from the obvious dangers of height, deep water, rock falls and such, the quarry is riddled with tunnels both above and below the water level.
It is a very fun, extremely dangerous place, accessible by road but fairly remote. Take care.
“DANGER - STEEP UNFENCED ROCKFACES - DEEP WATER - Roofing slate has been quarried here for over 200 years please respect this area and be aware of all possible dangers”
National Park Authority and Leconfield Estates
Hodge Close Quarry is very popular with divers, there are several objects to explore under the water including an old transit van. There is also an extensive underwater tunnel system that is said to be highly dangerous and requires specialist equipment to explore.
Hodge Close Quarry is accessed either on the Northeast side at the water level from Parrock Quarry, which could be a major obstacle for some visitors. The other way into Hodge Close is through an old quarry tunnel that is usually flooded as it is the source of a small stream flowing down into the valley to the West. The quarry tunnel is quite level and the ceiling is high enough to stand but the the water level is in places thigh high. Probably the tunnel is impassible in bad weather. At the end of the quarry tunnel is a chamber with an opening out into the quarry that is on a high-ish ledge. The way down to the water level being down what can only be loosely described as a “ladder”. The old quarry tunnel is usually used by divers visiting the quarry.
The water in Hodge Close often looks turquoise or blue due to high mineral content which comes from all the dust and broken rock in the quarry.