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Langdale Axe Factory

Ancient Mine / Quarry


It's been about 10 years, so memory does not serve too well. To be totally honest I don't think I was at the site of the factory, which isn't surprising, as at the time I didn't know it existed. But a couple of things stand out in my mind from wandering about the Langdale Pikes.

If you go the long way from the Old Dungeon Ghyll, up Mickleden Beck, following the Cumbrian Way, there's a great long linear earthwork thing on the lefthand side, at the bottom of The Band, running up to Green Tongue. It looked a bit heavy duty for such an out of the way spot. No idea how old it might be.

At the very end of the valley, where Mickelden Beck splits to become Little Gill and Stake Gill (NY262074), there's a sheepfold with a strange lobed footprint. It has a couple of little rooms added to the side. I couldn't help but wonder if this was the remnants of a prehistoric house. It's such a wonderfuly remote spot that the ground plan might just have survived, the walls having been re-built maybe hundreds of times after the roof fell in. Pure speculation, but in such a place, I couldn't help but let me mind wander.

The ODG is an abso-effing-lootly great place to base yourself. Good food, good beer, decent rooms, a giant Jenga set, and even facilities for a small conference.
Hob Posted by Hob
4th October 2004ce
Edited 4th October 2004ce

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