|Site 4: Halfway between Bowness Knott and River Liza (circa 1 mile?)|
How to get here
This offers another deep section of this lake to 42 metres with a reasonable river entering, called the River Liza. To reach this dive site from Ennerdale bridge, 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 after circa 4 miles.
Vehicle access is limited at Bowness Knott, to the car park only. Divers are welcome to park at Bowness Knott, there is however, a single track road which continues for several miles to a YHA lodge which is situated 2.5 miles further up from the car park here, with another lodge within a stones throw. There is also a land-line telphone in the YHA lodge but access to this cannot be guaranteed.
Is at Bowness Knott only.
You have several dive area's on this lake that are accessible to divers and other non powered water sport users. No steep banks mean this holds great potential for disabled divers and others.
Reservoir - Imperative that you contact United Utilities first.
You may wish to email the Forester Garath Browning and then keep your fingers crossed that he allows permission to be given to drive down to the site otherwise the large gate across the road means a bit of a walk - 20 minutes worth (circa 400 mtrs). Shut the gate and continue on the rough road where lots of walkers, mountain bikers etc will be seen. This is the nearest accessable dive site as you walk down the hill to this site.
It may be possible for you to get permission on the understanding that you will drop your gear off at the site and return to the car park immediately as ddescribed in the video.
The Dive (photo a)
The shallows will prove stunning. It's like something out of the Caribbean or Maldives although instead of coral we have grasses and many different oxygenating plants. The lake bed here is mainly shingle and sand with silt appearing only at much deeper depths.
Heading up, toward the river Liza, you will discover the odd tree root offering shelter to many fish along with a depth of up to 42 metres out here.
Heading across to the opposite shoreline, will see you descending a steep shelving rocky bank, rapidly arriving at 40 metres. (see hazards please).
Hazards to Divers
This area offers the coldest water along the lake, a reduced temp u to 4 degrees below the normal for the Anglers Hotel ad Weir area. Please refrain from diving below the 30 metre mark except in August through to October.
In any event - keep a close eye on your temp readings as you descend - having said this, you'll feel the nip strike around the chin at 25 mtr or shortly thereafter.
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. a number of submerged tree roots proliferate this area so watch your dangly bits!
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.