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General Description
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Grasmere is a local beauty spot that is frequented by walkers who hike around Grasmere and also close by Rydal water. Those looking for a different kind of walking will find plenty of Retail Therapy in the nearby village, with its many cafes, shops and a large popular garden centre.

For those with other Interests
For Angling, you need to contacting the Angling Association. Canoeists should be able to enjoy this lake if they can find a suitable launch area. The Tourist Information office is on the right as you come off the main road onto Grasmere's Red Tarn road. Lots of shops specialising in walking boots, climbing gear, wooly jumpers etc. You'll also find William Wordsworth in this village.

A charming place for walkers up on White Moss Common (photo c - looking back on Grasmere) and along, up and over into neighbouring Rydal water coming down onto Nab Cottage. Reach the end of Rydal water, cross over and walk UP and along to the caves (actually an old mine I believe) before coming back to Grasmere village by either dropping down between Rydal and Grasmere where a bridge takes you back over, OR stay on track for a slightly longer walk, taking you past Dale End, and then The Wyke with a forest and Red squirrels. This walk is reasonably easy where you can take the high road or the low around these two lakes amd is the only walk I know off where you get to see two lakes for the price of one walk !!

Places to Stay
There are masses of Guest houses in Grasmere and also several hotels. One looks over the Grasmere (photo a).
Try "" or alternatively check some of these links > Hotels and Guest Houses Youth Hostels for Families etc.

How to get here
Follow the A591 into Grasmere if coming from the Keswick side but stay on main road. You will see the only Hotel overlooking Grasmere lake. As you pass by Grasmere village on the right or if coming from the Windermere side heading to Grasmere this is the first hotel you'll see on your left. Pull into Hotel car park marked (a) on map if there is any room.

Detailed Information for Divers

Main Attraction
Picturesque area and a small lake teaming with minnows when it is the season for them, makes this a fun and pleasant dive. Circumnavigate the island if desired (photo b).
Viewing Freshwater Life

Nice sized trout can be seen during the day in midwater. They appear to cruise around the island. Minnows swarm during the early summer by the hotel.

Dive Planning Help
Kindly note that Permission should be obtained from the National Park Warden but also the National Trust.
Warden is:
Map of Grasmere click to dive Grasmere
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Property of the National Trust
To dive this lake you only need to contact this important person: and that's the NT Property Manager and Warden: David Wilkinson 015394 37663
Disabled divers will find access is difficult.
Shoppers will enjoy Grasmere!
Who's the nearest for Dive Air?
Scottish Sub-Aqua Clubs:
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 just 60 metres above sea level. Maximum depth is circa 22 metres in this lake when heading over to the far south of the main island in this lake. No one has been around the island yet! If you are the first, please let us know.
More useful Information for buddies
During summer
Visibility: 3 + metres.
Temperature range is 11 to 12 degrees Celsius.
During winter
Visibility: improves to 8 + metres.
Temperature range is 5 - 6 degrees above zero.
Torches: it gets gloomy from 18 metres downward.
Thermoclines: None observed.
If new to freshwater diving: this is perhaps not the best site to dive as it has relatively steep sides at 25 to 30 degree slopes with a soft silt bed. Visibility during summer is 3 metres if lucky.
Communication intel
phone icon Mobile phones do work in the dive area when it is not raining! so check your signal strength and service provider.
phone icon Public phones: are in Grasmere village by the Tourist Information Office.
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: at Grasmere town or by Tourist Information Centre car park.

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

To dive this lake you only need to contact this important person: NT Property Manager and Warden is: David Wilkinson 015394 37663

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)
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