This route is great for those with little boots and takes in one of the hidden gems of the Lake District – the Cathedral Caves. It’s an old quarry, once owned by Beatrix Potter, that was used to mine slate.
The 40ft chamber of the caves is where the name of “Cathedral Caves” comes from and is great to explore on rainy days.
Responsibly park on the road in Little Langdale and head to the Three Shires pub. Continue uphill passing the pub on your right.
At the next bend, just after a telephone box, turn left. Go downhill and follow this to a footbridge. Head over the bridge and turn right. Continue for 150m before seeing a stile and a gate on your left which heads back, behind you. This is the entrance to the Cathedral Caves.
Once you’ve finished exploring the caves, return to the main track and continue along the track and through another gate until you see an old bridge on your right in a field. This is Slater Bridge. Cross the bridge, turn right through a gap in the wall and follow the path until you reach a road. Walk up hill on the road for a short while to a junction and the small hamlet of Little Langdale.
Total Distance 2Km or 35 minutes.
Suitable For: Dogs (beware of sheep around Slater Bridge)
Not Suitable For: Wheel chairs – bridges are too narrow
Nearest Train (or tube) Station(s):
Windermere (6.7 miles)