1st January 2017. A new year stretched out before us unwritten. David and I decided to start our 2017 adventures in earnest. While many nursed their heads after the previous nights joviality, we headed up an empty M6 towards Cumbria, the Lake District. Our first destination, Banishead Quarry north of Torver.
We parked the car at Torver Village Hall, where they asked for a £3 donation. There was free parking further along the road, but as the day progressed they became very busy.
From the village hall we turned right onto the A593 and walked towards Crook Corner, and took the left-hand path that lead to Scar Head Caravans and Campsite. From there we followed signs to Tranearth before taking the right-hand path onto the Coniston Fells with the Old Man ahead.
Banishead Quarry wasn’t hard to miss. A rocky path wound between huge peaks of spoil heaps.
The gem of this disused quarry is a flooded excavation site, featuring its very own waterfall.
We could have carried on towards the Old Man, or indeed took a path from Torver towards Coniston lakeside but we decided to retrace our steps back to the car and head towards the car park at Coniston Boat Centre.
It was a perfect winters day, save for the bone chilling wind and the bright sunlight that seared the backs of our retinas.
After lunch we walked away from the car park, through a collection of shops (among them, one was an outdoor shop and another sold fudge), then through a kissing gate to a path that meandered towards Coniston Water, passing Coniston Hall and another campsite.
The path was popular with dog walkers and families with pushchairs alike. We spent a leisurely three hours walking to the shoreline and back.
Have you visited Coniston? Any memories of the area?
Thanks for reading,