ABSEILING: In the spectacular surroundings of Hodge Close quarry

Date: Sunday 24 September

Time: 9.00am-11.30am

Venue: Hodge Close quarry between Tilberthwaite and Little Langdale

Start from: Hodge Close car park, LA21 8DJ. The postcode will take you to a terrace of cottages; continue 350 yards to the car parking area.

Price: £35 per adult, £25 per child (from 10 years)

According to Wikipedia, an abseil (from German abseilen, meaning ʻto rope downʼ), also called a rappel after its French name, is a controlled descent of a vertical drop, such as a rock face, using a rope. It is an essential technique in rock climbing – but is also a rather exhilarating activity in itself, and this is your chance to get acquainted with the technique at one of the Lake Districtʼs most impressive former quarries.

Craig McMahon, co-owner of Cumbria-base Crags Adventures, will be leading the session in the amazing surrounds of Hodge Close, which is nestled away on the Tilberthwaite side of Holme Fell and is accessed via a narrow road to the right off the A593 Ambleside-Coniston route about half a mile beyond Yew Tree Tarn if travelling from Ambleside. It is the site of two huge quarries, one of which plunges to a picturesque pool.

For details about Crags Adventures go to www.cragsadventures.com

To book for abseiling call them on 015395-52369.