Geocaching weekend near Ambleside
I spent Easter weekend in the Lake District researching an article and looking for a selection of hidden items. I was geocaching. If you have not heard of geocaching, it is possibly the fastest growing outdoor activity in the UK. You use a GPS or a smart phone to navigate to a specific location, then try and find a container that has been hidden by another geocache enthusiast. There are hundreds of thousands of caches hidden all over the UK.
I stayed near to Ambleside choosing my accommodation from this map of hostels near Ambleside. The cache I was most eager to find was in an old quarry, just outside Little Langdale. Many people think a quarry is a pit in the ground or the side of hill, the one I was searching for had been hollowed out of the inside of a hill! A free place to enter, managed by the National Trust, Cathedral Cavern is a man made cavern the size of a Cathedral – with a spectacular pillar and a marvelous window out to the sky. As you walk through the cave towards the back you can scramble up a bit of a rock face to find an entrance to a long tunnel you can walk through. Bring a good torch and mind your head! Many people I passed on the paths along the edge of this had never heard of the place. So perhaps it’s a bit of a hidden gem?
Colwith Force Waterfall
Another highlight of my exploration of the area was a stunning waterfall. Colwith Force is accessed by a gentle walk with good views. As you get near the falls, keep an eye out for the fallen log that has a skin of coins embedded into it. As you approach Colwith Force, you’ll soon hear it coming: a six-tier torrent blasting into the ravine below. The best view of the falls is from a graveled side path below the falls, which drop in several stages down a total height of about 40 feet, with the final double spout being the most spectacular feature. It is set in beautiful woodland making it quite enchanting.
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