Cumbria’s Banksy creates elaborate stone artwork in the Lake District

A mysterious unknown artist is believed to be behind some elaborate rock formations that have appeared in parts of the Lake District.

One structure, believed to be made from local slate, is circular in formation and framing the Borrowdale Valley in Cumbria.

The artist has been described as a “very talented [and] patient individual” and compared to Banksy by the local village hall.

However, it is unclear who is behind the structures with several hikers sharing pictures online while out walking.

Carl Halliday, who runs a mountaineering business in the area, first spotted the circular formation at the beginning of May.

The 50-year-old from Alnwick, Northumberland, said: “I usually have mixed feelings about man-made structures like this in a natural setting – as climbers, we practise a minimal impact approach.

“But I have to say that this was different.

“It seemed sensitive to the existing environment and complemented the already stunning views.

“It seemed to be constructed from local slate and, after all, the fells aren’t completely natural – with dry stone walls stretching for miles.”

Mr Halliday was impressed with the way the structure blended with its surroundings “despite being a new and man-made piece of art”.

The local village hall, the Borrowdale Institute, said on Twitter: “Do we have our very own #Banksy in Borrowdale?

“These works of art are turning up on fells and Crags all around here, not sure how many there are, a very talented patient individual has been very busy in lockdown.

“Whoever you/they are please carry on, we want more.”

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