Tranearth Quarry
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General Description

All credits to Allen and Nicky Leaver who kindly emailed to tell us all about this attractive site (photo a).
Members of Eccleston Sub Aqua Club (BSAC 414)

General Description
Rugged area with walks leading off to the Old Man Of Coniston, others leading to Lows Water, Levers water and the Goats tarn, whic are much further away and up above, in the mountain.

Walkers will need the proper boots and gear for these walks.

For those with other Interests
Scrambler bikes, pedal power, and motor powered can come blasting over these rocky paths.

Places to Stay
Several guest house's and Hotel's can be found at Coniston village.
For more details use one of the links here. Hotels and Guest Houses Youth Hostels for Families etc.

How to get here
On the A593 (coming form the south of the County, then heading north'ish you will pass the Coniston Methodist church on your left. If coming form the North of the County, you'll be heading south'ish, with the BP petrol station on your left - either way, the very moment you pass one of these look for the road heading up-hill. Called Station Road with Lake Road opposite. As you head up Station Road it will almost "Y" fork, the right hand fork, takes you to the Sun Inn, the left hand takes you part way to the Quarry by car.

from Webmaster Paul: A second way up with alternative parking to above, is just outside Torvor village (photo b). Coming from Coniston and driving south after circa 2 miles, you will go over a bridge and you should see immediately after this, a very wide road junction on your right with parking lines on either side of the junction. The one track road heading up only runs up-hill for some 400 yards into a holiday cottage area (which is where you want to be anyway. You are not allowed to park here but you could dump the gear including your WHEEL BARROW (seriously) to assist in hauling the gear up. Having taken the cars back to park up by the road. (10 minute walk between the cottages and main road).
From here, the walk up-hill is invigorating. Don't worry about this one because it does appear to us, to be much shorter. After a 20 minutes up hill climb which is not that bad, the route levels off making life pleasurable again. The walk takes 60 minutes or under which includes the wheel barrows.
Another point worth mentioning - is that the Tranearth Pony Trekking co. are here too. Walk over to their office - they may hire some ponies to haul your gear up? 2 cylinders roped around the pillar valves and slung over the saddle would be really great - I'm serious buds. Lets make life easy for ourselves!

Detailed Information for Divers

Main Attraction
Is diving the superb vertical rock faces in clear, crisp, cold water. As with Hodge Close, that lies to the North of this site, a partially submerged tunnel has to be entered taking you into the quarry.

Viewing Freshwater Life
Sadly, life in this quarry is restrained to those who dive here.

Dive Planning Help
Permission should be obtained from the National Park Authority warden for this lake.
Warden is: Jim Loxham. Tel: 015394 41172 / 015394 41197.
Map of Tranearth Quarry
Clickable map! >
Property of the National Trust
Warden Permission Required.
Disabled divers will find this site is impossible.
Ramblers and fell walkers will have a wonderful day! click to dive Tranearth Quarry
Who's the nearest for Dive Air?
British Sub-Aqua Clubs:
West Cumbria: branch is based at Egremont.
Solway divers: branch is based at Whitehaven.
Kendal + Lakes: branch is based at Kendal Leisure Centre.
Furness Sub Aqua: branch is based at Barrow in Furness.
Dalton Sub Aqua: branch is based at Dalton in Furness.
Scottish Sub-Aqua Clubs:
Solway Sub-Aqua Club: Wigton based. Air compressor at Wigton.
West Lakes Sub-Aqua: Cockermouth based club. Air compressor sited at Cockermouth.
Altitude, Visibility, Temperature, Torches
Altitude and Depth:
Lake Altitude at 900 feet (240 metres) above above sea level here, however the dive itself is just 9.5 metres depth maximum. That still leaves you with plenty of bottom time to explore this attractive site.
Divers should avoid the following roads: north of Buttermere, signposted for "Keswick" between Buttermere and Crummock due to altitude of this route after a dive. Also, do not use the B5289 south, past Buttermere. This route takes you up over Honister Pass at over 1335 feet above sea level. If you need to head for Keswick the best route is head for Cockermouth. The road signposted for Keswick is the lesser of two evils if you are desperate, however at 1249 feet above sea level, this too will place you at high risk of triggering a DCS.
During summer
Visibility: 30 + metres.
Temperature range is 10 degrees Celsius.
During winter
Visibility: no data.
Temperature: no data.
Torches: a small torch is advisable when walking through the tunnel and for a little illumination under rock faces to bring out the colour.
Thermoclines: None observed.
If new to freshwater diving: this is an ideal introduction to a quarry dive in the lake district with good visibility. Sadly, access is difficult and will not be for everyone.
Communication intel
phone icon Mobile phones do work in the dive area.
phone icon Public phones: No public phones here - it is very remote. The nearest is at Coniston Village.
More useful Information for buddies
For the latest on the weather: "Scuba Weather Report"
For more air details see "Dive Clubs & Air".
Note: The above page's will remain open while you click to gather info.

Nearest toilet: In Coniston.

Many lakes are within a ten mile or so radius of Tranearth Quarry. Coniston, Windermere, and Hodge Close., which is handy, if when you check out the Tranearth site you decide it's not for you or feel it is beyond your physical abilities or simply cannot find the way up here, then there is plenty to go at nearby!
phone icon Reporting thefts or finds - Police: 0845 330 0247

Warden is: Jim Loxham. Tel: 015394 41172 / 015394 41197.

National Park Authority "Visitor centre contact listing"
NT Address:- National Trust HQ
The Hollens, Grasmere, Ambleside,
Cumbria, LA22 9SW. Tel: 015394 35599.
Or Email: enquiries(at)
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