GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Banishead Quarry

4 miles (7 km)

This walk visits the Banishead Quarry near Coniston in the Lake District.
The walk starts in Torver and follows bridle paths north up to the quarries. On the way there's nice views of the Torver Beck with waterfalls and woodland areas too. It's a fairly challenging climb with the quarries sitting in an elevated position above Coniston Water. At the site there's a picturesque pool and a waterfall to admire.

Banishead Quarry OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Banishead Quarry Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


Back in Torver the Church House Inn is a good choice for some post walk refreshment. The historic 14th century inn serves good quality food and has a nice garden area to sit out in on warmer days. You can find them at postcode LA21 8AZ for your sat navs.

Dog Walking

The woods and hill climb are a good one for fit dogs. The Church House Inn mentioned above is also dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

To continue your walking in the area you can try the Circular Walk around Coniston or climb to the popular Old Man of Coniston.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Lake District Walks page.


Banishead Quarry - - 92671

Banishead Quarry. Wainwright refers to this quarry as Banishead or Banniside which is on the route to Coniston Old Man from Tover and can be tackled from Little Arrow. He mentions it in his Southern Fells, Pictorial Guide and is Route 9 passing Goat's Water on the way to the summit.

Tranearth Quarry - - 1758601

Tranearth Quarry

Torver Quarry - - 6012

Torver Quarry

Torver Beck - - 1042985

Torver Beck

Rough Pasture Near Torver Beck - - 433515

Rough Pasture Near Torver Beck

Torver Beck - - 1406024

Torver Beck

St Luke's Church, Torver

St Luke's Church, Torver

Church House Inn, Torver (geograph 2526877)

Church House Inn, Torver


GPS Files

GPX File

Banishead Quarry.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)

Memory Map Route

Banishead Quarry.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)