Loweswater
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General Description
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The north eastern shore of this lake disguises it's beauty with little to see apart from the trees overhanging the lake. The south western shore is the complete opposite Lillie beds in the far north west side together with a small forest (photo a). The entrance to this side of the lake is via a National Trust car park that is hidden down a single track road. From this car park it is a half mile walk through pleasant lands using the path provided. You will see some very strange trees that have contorted themselves into artistic and photogenic forms.

For those with other Interests
Walkers will enjoy the easy routes in this area and a chance to see Cockermouth Mountain rescue doing their stuff with choppers (photo b).
Windsurfers will be hard pushed for a light breeze!

Places to Stay
Lots of guest house's and Hotel's can be found at Cockermouth. Nearby 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
From the A5085 you will pick up the Loweswater sign which sees you turning due east and you'll arrive along this lake.
If coming in from Cockermouth, you will have picked up the B5289 for Crummock and Buttermere with the turn-off for Loweswater appearing on your right.

Detailed Information for Divers

Main Attraction
Diving into a lake that is little dived and very muddy, will attract the explorers who search out uncharted boggy bottom waters? - hummm!
Fortunately!, no diving is permitted.

Viewing Freshwater Life
Trout, eels and minnow? I have not seen any because I'm not allowed to dive here. Everything written here is calculated guess work.

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 will find site Nos. 1 & 2 offer easy access. However, there is a slight hitch - No Diving is Allowed! - Info on this site is given via calculation.
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Property of the National Trust
Warden Permission Required.
Disabled divers will find access is challenging at site 3.
Ramblers and fell walkers will have a wonderful day on the south west side!
Who's the nearest for Dive Air?
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.
Dalton Sub Aqua: branch is based at Dalton in Furness.
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.
Altitude, Visibility, Temperature, Torches
Altitude and Depth:
Lake Altitude at only 480 feet (128 metres) just below an altitude dive by a hairs breadth.
Divers should avoid the following roads: if heading towards Crummock water or Buttermere after dive; between Buttermere and Crummock, road turning off B5289, sign-posted "Keswick". Due to altitude of this route after a dive. Also, do not use the B5289 south of Buttermere. This route takes you up over Honister Pass at over 1000 feet above sea level. If you need to head for Keswick the best route is head for Cockermouth. If desperate, the road off B5289 sign-posted for Keswick is the lesser of two evils.
During summer
Visibility: 3 + metres.
Temperature range is 11 to 13 degrees Celsius.
During winter
Visibility: improves to 3 - 4 metres.
Temperature range is 4 - 6 degrees above zero.
Torches: Not required. Light due to shallow depth.
Thermoclines: None observed.
If new to freshwater diving: this may not be the best lake, but it is one of the shallowest with easy access for the disabled at lay-by nos. 1 and 2. Lake bed is of medium silt.
Communication intel
phone icon Mobile phones do work in the dive area. however, you should test your mobile for signal strength. you may not be lucky.
phone icon Public phones: A phone is available at the northern end of Loweswater near the main car park and at a difficult to recognise "Inn" on the road south west of Loweswater.
More useful Information for buddies
For the latest on the weather: "Scuba Weather Report"
For more air details see "Dive Clubs & Air".
Scuba Divers in the English Lake DistrictScuba Divers in the English Lake District
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Nearest toilet: In Keswick.

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

Warden is: Mark Astley. Tel: (01900) 85267

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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