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Don't be late for slate

Posted 12 April 2012
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Don't be late for slate
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Those who like to go walking in the Lake District may enjoy mixing some smaller walks in with longer ones and a gentle trek organised by national park rangers looks at Elterwater's continuing slate industry tomorrow (April 13th).

Starting at the village's National Trust car park at 10:30 BST, the walk takes in both local woodland scenery and a large working quarry, taking two-and-a-half hours in total and covering 2.2 miles.

Visitors to the Langdales can, of course, explore much further in both Great and Little Langdale.

The former offers the dramatic scenery of the Langdale Pikes and the Dungeon Ghyll Falls, while Little Langdale Tarn is a feature of the latter.

Across the road just south of Slater's Bridge near the tarn is Cathedral Cave, the remains of a former mine and quarry that acts as a tunnel except when wet, during which times it floods.

The waters in the artificial cavern include a sunken boat.