Banishead Quarry Walk

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4.2 km
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170 m
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Banishead Quarry Walk

The Banishead Quarry Walk is a lovely route in the Lake District that is less busy than others in the area, allowing you to get a bit of peace and quiet on the trails without sacrificing amazing views. The trail will see you climb gently uphill along Torver Beck to a small tarn, where you will enjoy beautiful views of nearby fells such as Brown Pike, Buck Pike, and the Old Man of Coniston. The quiet nature of this route makes it perfect for a weekend excursion on the trails.

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Route Description for Banishead Quarry Walk

Although it is fairly short, the Banishead Quarry Walk is a beautifully scenic route that is a real gem in the Lake District, allowing you to take in some breathtaking scenery while avoiding the throngs of tourists and other walkers on busier trails. The route sets out from Torver and climbs uphill through stretches of light forest and open terrain along Torver Beck to arrive at the Banishead Quarry. Here, you can explore the shores of the aptly-named Banishead Quarry Tarn and its stunningly beautiful waterfall before taking in the amazing views of the Old Man of Coniston, as well as several other fells that are situated to the north. After taking in the views, retrace your footsteps back to the trailhead where you began.

Getting to the Banishead Quarry Walk Trailhead

To reach the trailhead for the Banishead Quarry Walk from Coniston, drive southwest on A593 for 3.7 km to find parking on the right.

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  • Pets allowed

    Yes - On Leash

  • Family friendly


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  • Route Type

    Out and back

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