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Banishead Quarry. The Lake District

A short walk from Torver or across from the Walna Scar carpark brings you out at the old Quarry which is now filled with water. At one end of the quarry, there is a waterfall which adds a light streak, contrasting with the dark slate rocks and dark basin of water.

Difficulty

Easy – It’s a little bit of a walk to get here, but most of the climb is fairly gradual

OS Map

South West
OS Grid Ref: SD 27805 96004
Latitude: 54° 21′ 15″ N
Longitude: 3° 6′ 44″ W

Views

At one end of the quarry, you will see a relatively big waterfall cascading down from a nearby stream. The falls contrast with colourful rocks which surround the dark water. You can see the layers in the rocks which also has layers of moss, grass and other subtle colours which give the walls more character.

I think this used to be a quarry pit which goes down a long way under the water which helps to create a bit of mood on the edge of the water as you can see the slope drop down into the darkness.

From Banishead quarry, you also get great views up onto the Coniston range of Lake District fells. From left to right you will be a able to see White Maiden, Dow Crag, Coniston Old Man and Wetherlam.

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