|Site 1: Hause Point|
How to get here
Please read main page on how to arrive here.
Either park in the car park on the left that has normally loads of room, or park up on the lake side of the road as seen in the centre picture above.
Please be advised :- myself and 6 other cars and dive buds had parked slightly onto the double yellow lines a few years ago, on a Wednesday night by the rocky outcrop. The warden happened to notice our error and in return, divers were then banned from parking at this point. To all divers please accept our apologies for this.
Update: parking now ok but not on double yellow lines.If this sounds petty - please remember that during summer, the pressure mounts up on the lake district and wardens, due to the influx of tourists and the effect this has on available parking space etc.
For divers with physical disabilities there is a short, narrow pathway made from cement and rough local stone that leads onto the shingle bay.
The laying of guide lines will not be tolerated - "lay a line and you'll be fined". No touching of rock face or bottom are requested.
Tourists will be interested to know that, we often have our Christmas dive here and dress accordingly :-) (photo a), it is also where we go in for the annual Spring Clean with the National Trust / Park Authority (photo b).
The dives described here are the most exciting dives to be enjoyed in Crummock. The third lay-by mentioned above offers a shallow dive of 15 metres.
Dive 1. Hause Point: Entry from the rocky outcrop where a small lay-by sits on the lakeward side of the road. It's not far to walk and a jump entry awaits you - if you wish to. Walking over the rocky outcrop and immediately to the left, you will see a narrow path, work your way down and around to the front of this rock. Here you find your jump entry straight into 6 - 8 metres depth. (You could begin your dive from the shingle beach if preferred).
Facing south, observe where the road runs around the lake above and to the left of your position. If you begin your dive aiming for the point at which the road juts out into the lake and just slightly out to the right about 12 inches (or 5 degrees to right) from where you stand. This course should see you at 15 metres within a few minutes and a sunken tree arched over with just enough room to slip under it will appear. Note this has moved and sunk a little, leaving us unable to slip under it.
Follow the lakebed which slopes down on your right to 20 metres and follow the 20 metre contour. A sheer rock face now comes in on your left and displays a waving pattern of milky quartz fissures.
After some 15 - 20 minutes, return back between 10 to 15 metres when you're ready. Look for eels resting against this rock in near vertical positions! Sometimes fish too.
A deviation from the last dive above is that after passing the tree, head down the slope and out into the lake (west). This should take you out onto a flat plane and then a drop-off appears ahead (photo c) and descends to circa 33 metres. Time will be short for a no-stop dive so go to warp speed on this one!
From the shingle beach, your dive compass will be showing the opposite shoreline heading of 285 degrees west. Your own course heading when underway should read 260 degrees west / south west, taking you out and slightly left (south west). This will see you hopefully pass a submerge tree at around the 15 metre mark and then a gradual slope down that will see you reach 28 metres in less than 11 minutes. Which-ever is the earlier 11 minutes arrived at or the 28 metres - you should begin your return to the shoreline at circa 105 degrees, a heading of east / south east. Depth will actually increase to a maximum of 33 metres with darkness rapidly increasing. You will now come up against the magnificent vertical cliffs of Crummock with their quartz fissures. Work your way up these and then follow along at 10 to 15 metres depth, the cliffs being on your right side (with you heading north) until you reach your original entry point.
Please note that if you are heading for the submerged mountain face as you sweep back towards the rock face, heading east, depth will increase and darkness may accompany this as you close-in on the submerged mountain face. Inexperienced divers newly qualified may find this experience rather unsettling.
Hazards to Divers - site 1
Relatively clear water at 10 - 20 metres allowing you to see what is ahead, unlike some of the other lakes.
The jump entry mentioned earlier can be slippy along the path to and from it.