A walk up the quarry road from Honister Slate Mine 24th May 2010.

The start of the walk. The path on the left leads up to the disused cable tramway to Dubs Quarry and Haystacks or Great Gable.
The start of the walk. The path on the left leads up to the disused cable tramway to Dubs Quarry and Haystacks or Great Gable.

 

The view behind showing the slate mine and visitor centre and workshops.
The view behind showing the slate mine visitor centre and workshops.

 

This view of the mine buildings with the Honister Pass road from Buttermere on the left.
This view of the mine buildings with the Honister Pass road from Buttermere on the left.

 

People enjoying the magnificent Honister Crags view.
People enjoying the magnificent Honister Crags view.

 

The quarry road divides here with the left hand route winding it's way up over the mountain to Dubs Quarry eventually.
The quarry road divides here with the left hand route winding it's way up over the mountain to Dubs Quarry eventually.

 

I took the high road.
I took the high road.

 

A view of the low road and out of site beyond and way way down is the Honister Pass winding it's way down to Buttermere.
A view of the low road and out of site beyond and way way down is the Honister Pass winding it's way down to Buttermere.

 

This slate sculpture commemorates the opening, or should it be the reopening of Honister Slate Mine.
This slate sculpture commemorates the opening, or should it be the reopening of Honister Slate Mine.

 

A close up of the Plaque.
A close up of the Plaque.

 

Another view of the lower road.
Another view of the lower road.

 

Rock scenery. It is just possible to see the quarry road snaking up the mountain.
Rock scenery. It is just possible to see the quarry road snaking up the mountain. Place your cursor over image to see more.

 

The view back. The farthest building in the centre of the photo is Honister Pass Youth Hostel.
The view back. The farthest building in the centre of the photo is Honister Pass Youth Hostel.

 

A tipper truck making it's way up the winding quarry road.
A tipper truck making it's way up the winding quarry road.

 

These trucks must have very high torque and low ratio gearing to enable them drive up (and down) steep gradients like these.
These trucks must have very high torque and low ratio gearing to enable them drive up (and down) steep gradients like these.

 

This truck was going up to collect what looked like slate chippings and bringing them down to the workshop area.
This truck was going up to collect what looked like slate chippings and bringing them down to the workshop area.

 

Going up round the next hairpin bend.
Going up round the next hairpin bend.

 

I wonder how good the brakes are.
I wonder how good the brakes are.

 

I take a detour right up to this level area, but what is behind me.
I take a detour right up to this level area, but what is behind me.

 

Well I can't hear any bangs, but decide not to go beyond these warning notices so I retrace my steps back to the road where I turned off.
Well I can't hear any bangs, but decide not to go beyond these warning notices so I retrace my steps back to the road where I turned off.

 

Further on up the road, this is the view looking back.
Further on up the road, this is the view looking back.

 

A huge pile of slate debris beginning to engulf this corrugated iron shed. I think Kirkfell and Pillar are the fells in the background.
A huge pile of slate debris beginning to engulf this corrugated iron shed. I think Kirkfell and Pillar are the fells in the background.

 

The view back down the road.
The view back down the road.

 

Further along I noticed what looked like some sort of rock crushing and screening machine.
Further along I noticed what looked like some sort of rock crushing and screening machine.

 

The iron shed is behind this pile of crushed slate. The road off to the lower right of the picture leads down to Dubs Quarry.
The iron shed is behind this pile of crushed slate. The road off to the lower right of the picture leads down to Dubs Quarry.

 

The view as I walk back down to the slate mine workshops and visitor centre.
The view as I walk back down to the slate mine workshops and visitor centre.

 

A lone tree on the cragside and Honister Pass winding it's way back to Buttermere down in the valley below.
A lone tree on the cragside and Honister Pass winding it's way back to Buttermere down in the valley below.

Camera: Canon Digital IXUS 850 IS.

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