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General Description
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For walkers this is difficult. For divers, this is one that the King of Cumberland may well rise up from below his Cairn stones if he knew you were reading this - let alone contemplating this dive.

The King of Cumberland from 1200 years ago is the reason many of us want to make this dive.

For those with other Interests
Nothing to do up here , except walk the dog and if you can reach the top - oh boy what a view!

Places to Stay
Plenty of accommodation can be found in Ambleside.
Try "" or alternatively check some of these links > Hotels and Guest Houses Youth Hostels for Families etc.

How to get here
From the A591 Thirlmere road. Look for the Olde Worlde "AA" telephone box. Car park is here or a smaller car park some 50 metres further towards Thirlmere. Then start climbing up over the stile and up where the stream can be heard and seen. Superb waterfalls up this rubble track.

An alternative is to arrive on the A592 along Ullswater. Follow this road until reaching Glenridding village where you turn in and park. You'll need an OS map after that. Or you could park around the Grisedale Bridge / Patterdale area and grab an OS map for the route up. either way from Ullswater is a long haul.

Detailed Information for Divers
The main attraction of this dive is to dive a tarn no one has dived - to go where no buddy has gone before - with the exception of two hardy teams of divers. Click the map on the right to read more their ultimate challenge dive.

But before you get into Grisedale tarn you may want to check on the spooky side first !
This is a very remote tarn that has been undisturbed for millenniums and few know of the legend surrounding it.

Viewing Freshwater Life
I have the distinct feeling that this tarn will hold some interesting creatures in it. Unfortunately, sports divers have never dived here yet.

Dive Planning Help
No Permission is required.
Due to the distance (2 miles) and 45 degree climb, it is impossible "was!" to reach the tarn kitted up and on foot.
Map of Grisedale tarn click to dive Grisedale tarn
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Dive Permission Not Required.
Those who are looking for a challenging hike up a mountain will enjoy this one.
Who's the nearest for Dive Air?
British Sub-Aqua Clubs:
Kendal + Lakes: branch is based at Kendal Leisure Centre.
Furness Sub Aqua: branch is based at Barrow in Furness.
Dalton Sub Aqua: branch is based at Dalton in Furness.
Altitude, Visibility, Temperature, Torches
Altitude and Depth:
Tarn Altitude is at 500 metres. Maximum depth is a guess at around 17 metres.
During summer
Visibility: appears very clear perhaps 6 to 8 metres.
Temperature range - no data available.
During winter
Visibility: appears very clear perhaps 6 to 8 metres.
Temperature range - no data available.
Torches: The tarn appears peaty, therefore these may be required.
Thermoclines: non likely.
If new to freshwater diving: there are plenty of other tarns to choose that are more accessible.
Communication intel
phone icon Mobile phones do work in the dive area. Do test your mobile for signal strength. You may be unlucky with your service provider.
phone icon Public phones: a long, long, long, way away.
More useful Information for buddies
For the latest on the weather: "Scuba Weather Report"
For more air details see "Dive Clubs & Air".
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Nearest toilet: Nearest large rock I'm afraid. Alt: Glenridding village on Ullswater or Dob Gill onother side of Thirlmere is nearest on Thirlmeres A591.
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