|Site 3: Bowness Knott area|
How to get here
This is the deepest part of this lake with a reasonable river entering called the River Liza. To reach this dive site you will need to ignore the first road sign that states "1 mile to Lake" and the 2nd that says "half mile to lake". Simply continue on the current single track road until you reach a large car park called Bowness Knott after circa 2 miles.
Vehicle access is limited at Bowness Knott to the car park only. Divers are welcome to park at Bowness Knott, but not authorised to drive up the valley any further in order to park for any period of time. However, you could drive down to the lake from here to drop off your kit along this single lane track.
Having got to this main car park you have a 300 / 400 metre walk to access the shore.
A steep and rough bank means this is not an ideal site for the disabled diver (photo a) and may prove slippery when raining so please be careful. Up until August 2007 we could book in for diving and would be given a permit. You will be asked a lot of questions about your planning.
A Reservoir - Imperative that you contact United Utilities first.
A short walk of 300 / 400 metres (note please - that on terrafirma distances i'm not so hot!!) and you should come across a steepish rough path down to the lake. It's a bit of a jump from anywhere else. You can see that the lake bed is of stone. (photo b)
If you head out from this point you will find lots of depth in crystal clear bluish waters. The clarity is very welcoming, although please read the "Hazards" section below, and the lake bed will eventually break into a silt bottom as per usual for all lake dives. The depth at this site reaches 40 metres and although you will encounter submerged tree roots, they are easily spotted. You can also see fish moving around them so take an underwater camera if possible.
Hazards to Divers
If reasonably heavy rain has persisted for a day or more there could well be near zero visibility due to the heavy Iron ore content in the adjacent mountains washing down and turning the water red. Large numbers of submerged trees proliferate this area so watch your dangly bits!. If heading away into the lake you may notice visibility decreasing due to river current lifting silt up off the lakebed.
As with Haweswater there is an annual occurrence in April / May of Cryptosporidium. It's a nasty little bug that sends you to the toilet every few minutes. It can do worse to you - but maybe I should keep quiet.