Capernwray Quarry
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General Description:
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Also referred to as Overhead Quarry. Strictly speaking this site is outside the Lake District, but so close to hand with such vital diving amenities including a dive shop, that it would be a crime to ignore it.

It's green fields everywhere and a flooded quarry that has been developed, and developed and developed, into something a bit special by it's owners. I take my hat off to them. This site has come a long way since I first dived it. Family can watch you dive (photo b) or at least watch your bubbles rise as you head off. I wonder if they have underwater TV on site yet??!! - that would be worth something for the spectators and divers alike to have fun with. That's what this site is all about - fun (photo b) - and in a very safe environment too.

In Jan 2007, a seal was spotted near Caperwray, adding a little extra excitement, but also some concern as Caperwray is certainly well stocked quarry with well fed, big fish!

For those with other Interests
Capernwray village has a church to pray in, and a pub to drink in. tis' purely for the diver, tis' this place.

Places to Stay
For more details use one of the links here. Hotels and Guest Houses Youth Hostels for Families etc.

How to get here
On the M6 you come off at J35. Keep a sharp eye out for the 'Quarry traffic' sign. Follow this road for half a mile or so heading for Over Kellet village. Here you will pick up the signs for Capernwray, which is just one and a half miles away now. This site is a commercial operation where parking and diving have to be paid for. It's a small fee for what awaits you.
Detailed Information for Divers

Viewing Freshwater Life
Many nice perc and rainbow trout live in this quarry.

Main Attraction
Diving the ship wrecks, checking out the horses and having a helicopter to inspect. Each of these attractions is buoyed using different coloured markings.

Dive Planning Help
Kindly note that Payment must be made in order to enjoy the Quarry acquisitions.
Map of Capernwray click to dive Capernwray quarry
Clickable map! >
Pure diving at this site, but the cafe and viewing terrace is an excellent choice at this site.
Pre-requisites required:
Fee payable per diver. One off registration fee required and proof of your dive qualifications will be asked for on first visit too.
Who's the nearest for Dive Air?
Air Availability
All on site: They also do Trimix, Nitrox, TnT, LPG and anything else going :-)
Air Availability - Local Diving Clubs
British Sub-Aqua Clubs:
Furness Sub Aqua: branch based at Barrow in Furness.
Dalton Sub Aqua: branch based at Dalton in Furness.
Altitude, Visibility, Temperature, Torches
Altitude and Depth:
It's a sea level dive. Maximum depth is 20 metres in this quarry which can be found on the far side where Candida II has been laid to rest. HMS Podsnap is in 14 to 18 metres.
During summer
Visibility: dependant on number of divers that were in before you!
Temperature range is a balmy 14 - 15 degrees Celsius.
During winter
Visibility: dependant on number of divers that were in before you!
Temperature range is 4 - 5 degrees above zero.
Torches: Can come in handy since you also have an artificial cave to explore by the Helicopter and some wrecks.
Thermoclines: None observed.
If new to freshwater diving: this is an ideal introduction in a safe environment. Shallow training areas are available. Disabled divers will find this site very relaxing.
Communication intel
phone icon Mobile phones do work in the dive area.
phone icon Public phones: A public phone is on site also. See shop.
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: on site.
Capernwray Diving and Leisure centre office:
phone icon 01524 735132. For servicing etc phone icon 01524730777
Visit the "Capernwray Diving and Leisure" web site for all the latest info.
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