SD2795 : Banishead Waterfall

taken 6 months ago, near to Torver, Cumbria, Great Britain

Banishead Waterfall
Banishead Waterfall
A consequence of manís thirst for slate flagstones. The site comprises two large quarries, Eddy Scale and Banishead, dug on either side of Torver Beck which was left flowing down a ridge between the two. Eventually, a section collapsed creating a waterfall into Banishead. With no apparent drain, the water level quickly rose creating a lake. But the bottom of the quarry is actually sandstone, a permeable rock, and in due course, the water level stabilised. Torver Beck still flows down the ridge (right to left at the top of the waterfall) with a small volume being diverted to fall into the quarry. One story is that the beck side was deliberately breached by two lads from the local farm in the 1950s.

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Date Taken
Sunday, 1 September, 2019   (more nearby)
Monday, 2 September, 2019
Geographical Context
Rivers, Streams, Drainage  Quarrying, Mining 
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 2776 9597 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:21.2474N 3:6.7810W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 2779 9597
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WEST (about 270 degrees)
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Slate  Quarry  Waterfall  Beck  Stream 

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