The path up to the Great Intake takes in 250m ascent and its around one mile from the car parking at the bottom to the view point that we were heading towards. Whilst I had expected the ascent it was harder than I thought it would be (the ascent graph made it look easier than it was). I had also got my layers wrong and was starting to get far too warm. I stopped to remove my thermal legs part way up whilst Elliott and George carried on as I didn’t want them to miss sunrise.
Looking eastwards the sunlight created some fantastic landscape layers. There was also some fantastic light over the disused quarry and what I think was Ambleside in the distance.
This was my favourite image from the morning. The clouds and shadows in the landscape are what make it my favourite image.
Our evening trip to Loughrigg fell for sunset was in overcast conditions. The sunset didn’t really happen. There were the occasional break in the clouds where the sun broke through.
Due to the poor light I decided to take a walk up to the trig point and hoped to see what the view from the top was like. The view towards Grasmere and up the valley towards Thirlmere looked nice but it was mostly in shade hence a phone record photo.
Hodge Close Quarry
The sunrise location was decided to be Hodge Close Quarry and Holme Fell. Whilst I planned to stay around Hodge Close Quarry George and Elliot took a walk up Holme Fell. These were locations we had visited on a previous trip to the lakes, although that day was a rather wet affair. Very different different to the cold but relatively clear start to this visit.
The biggest draw of Hodge Close Quarry is the deep grey slate excavations. In autumn the golden brown colour of the trees contrasts nicely against the slate. I wandered around the top of two main quarry excavations, taking care of not going near the edge as it’s a quite a drop, looking for some nice compositions.
After exploring the two main Quarry excavations from the top I went for a walk around the slate working on the opposite side of the car park. By this time the light had reached the fells opposite as some interesting clouds passed over them. I’m always on the lookout for interesting ridges that are suitable for a longer focal length.
Having been to Hodge Close Quarry before I’ve never been down to the water level. I had previously read about the quarry on diving websites as it’s a well known diving site. The water is quite deep (reportedly 30m) and the water very cold. It wasn’t a place I would go on my own because of those risks so I waited until George and Elliot were back from Holme Fell. The walk down to the water is via a loose surfaced track then through the arch at the bottom to the water side. The water was perfectly still so ideal for reflections. As a mid morning location it was ideal as no sunlight was getting to water level. The slate was a fantastic colour and there were touches of autumn colour due to fallen leaves resting amongst the slate. It’s a geat location for exploring slate and it’s structure. It’s one I would visit again a ‘during the day’ location.