|Site 1: Ouse Bridge - north west|
How to get here
From M6 Penrith junction, pick up the A66 for Keswick. follow this around Keswick and onto Bassenthwaite lake. You will pass by Hursthole and Wythop dive sites as you head for the Ouse bridge. Note that some car park lay-by's may not be marked on your OS map!
Parking is just before coming up on the B5291 and Bassenthwaite's Ouse bridge (photo a). There are two layby's on your right side where there amy also be some cars parked up. This is where you need to be for this "Site 1" dive. Nothing stopping you going to the bridge to turn around and park up on the 'correct' side of the road.
Good views of the lake, make for a nice picnic spot too.
You will find the Bassenthwaite Boating Club (photo b) just around the corner from the bridge, on the northern shore side.
Maximum depth in this lake is at 22 metres but not here. It is also a popular place for those boat fishing for Pike or Perch, so watch for any fishing tackle on the bottom. Depth will be just 6 - 8 metres at best with some current from the river Derwent.
For your information only: Entering from this north western side shore. An interesting dive heading west/southwest across this shallow lake bed with the river 'Derwent' current gently pushing you down the lake. Compensate for this current and you will surface by the beach on the opposite shore. Dependant on the current strength; if you don't compensate you'll be heading due south and into the middle. Don't worry about depth because you won't ever hit 10 metres even at warp speeds!!
Autumn and Winter would offer the best visibility, but rain run-off from the river Derwent may cause viz problems during the winter season. During the Summer season, the river keeps this section of the lake quite clear at 4 metres viz plus.
Hazards to Divers
At this site: Be aware of any current pushing you down and into the centre of this lake - its not a problem but it could become exhausting trying to get back up to your entry point due to working against the current.