Crummock water
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General Description
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A very picturesque area, especially in winter when these mountains are dusted in snow (photo a), with a public footpath leading away from the lake and up into the mountain which leads to excellent views of the lake higher up.

There are three places to park on Crummock Water. In the main car park which has room for 8 vehicles, but there is also a small lay-by above Hause Point which divers use frewuently, just where the road rises up and around on the lakeward side. Visitors wil usually see divers kitting up here (photo b). There is also a small beach of shingle making it a popular picnic spot. The third is a lay-by at the lakes Southern end.

For those with other Interests
There are walks available for ramblers and fell walkers. Superb views available from up and above the main car park. Those into Wordsworth will also find they can step back in time at Wordsworth house in nearby Cockermouth.

Places to Stay
A guest house and Hotel can be found at Buttermere village. Near by at Crummock water there is also a village called Low Lorton where the pub owners have a good caravan and camping site.
Try "Stay.co.uk" or alternatively check some of these links > Hotels and Guest Houses Youth Hostels for Families etc.

How to get here
If you are coming in from the M6 Penrith J40 and heading for Keswick - this is the shortest route but you are suggestively advised not to return this way because of altitude - follow the A66 but don't come off at the Keswick signs as we need to by-pass Keswick. On your left side is the turn off for the B5292 : Winlatter forest / Lorton sign. Come off here. Within minutes you are now going to turn to the left along the unclassified road for Buttermere and Newlands Hause at 333 metres above sea level. Near the end of this route as you descend towards the lakes there is a parking place on your left where you can take some superb shots of the view and catch a glimpse of Crummock water from this height. Arriving at the bottom of the descent you are turning right and straight onto Crummock water.

If you are coming in from Cockermouth, look for the B5292 signed for Lorton. You'll head out of Cockermouth and then over a cross roads and under a bridge carrying the A66. The remainder of this road is narrow and twisting. A few miles down the road and a sign appears "High Lorton : Keswick B5292" the other direction is "B5289 Low Lorton" - take the Low Lorton and you are on the road for Crummock water and soon afterwards, following the this same road, Buttermere. This is the low altitude road and the safe way out after any diving in these lakes.

This area is an SSSI site. Take only pictures leave only bubbles! No guide lines are to be laid, no touching of rock faces or bottom is requested.
This site is about to become a European Designated Conservation Site. We local divers are waiting to hear what that may mean to us!

Detailed Information for Divers

Viewing Freshwater Life
The trout, eels, perch and minnow can be chanced upon during the day. They are often seen lying against the rock faces in almost vertical positions during the late evening. Night time is also very good at this site due to it's relatively clear water allowing our dive torches good penetration and giving exciting eerie effects similar to that in the film "The Abyss" due to the fine particulate present in the water. That's Algae to everyone else! but is also given another less eloquent name by some of us :-)

Main Attraction
Is diving the superb vertical rock faces with their milky quartz patterns.

Dive Planning Help
Permission should be obtained from the National Park Authority warden for this lake.
Warden is: Mark Astley. Tel: (01900) 85267

Disabled divers may find this site a little challenge in the shallows. Boulder strewn shallows shelf. Access is available. See site pages for details.
Map of Crummock water click to dive site 3 - Southern end click to dive site 2 - Hause Point north click to dive site 1 - Hause Point south
Clickable map! >
Property of the National Trust
Warden Permission Required.
Disabled divers will find access is not difficult.
Ramblers and fell walkers will have a wonderful day!
Who's the nearest for Dive Air?
Scottish Sub-Aqua Clubs:
Penrith Divers: Penrith based. Air compressor at Penrith.
Solway Sub-Aqua Club: Wigton based. Air compressor at Wigton.
West Lakes Sub-Aqua: Cockermouth based club. Air compressor sited at Cockermouth.
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.
Altitude, Visibility, Temperature, Torches
Altitude and Depth:
Lake Altitude at at 375 feet (99 metres). Care should be taken regarding routes leading away from this dive site. Maximum depth for this lake is 43 metres on the far side opposite Hause Point.
Divers should avoid the following roads: signposted for "Keswick" between Buttermere and Crummock. Due to altitude of this route after a dive. Also, do not use the B5289 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 between Buttermere and Crummock is the lesser of two evils if you are desperate, however, this takes you to 1249 feet - placing you at risk of DCS.
During summer
Visibility: 10 + metres.
Temperature range is 11 to 12 degrees Celsius.
During winter
Visibility: improves to 20 + metres.
Temperature range is 3 - 4 degrees above zero.
Torches: Very dark from 25 metres on.
Thermoclines: can occur during the early to mid summer period. They never appear to be unduly strong in this lake.
If new to freshwater diving: this is an ideal introduction to the lakes with decent visibility and easy access by the shingle beach onto an extended area of stone lakebed before entering onto the silt bed.
Communication intel
phone icon Mobile phones do not work in the dive area. However, by the large car park there can be seen a small path leading up and facing the lake. At a height of about 60 to 70 metres your mobile phone will begin to receive a good signal.
phone icon Public phones: Are in the villages & pubs nearby.
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: pub in Lorton. or at Buttermere village in pub.

For Angling or Canoeing contact relevant agency - see links page for non divers.
No powered boats (RIBs etc.) allowed on lake.
phone icon Reporting thefts or finds - Police: 0845 330 0247

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)ntrust.org.uk
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