Scoat Tarn
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General Description - - With full credits to divers Barry Graham and Robin Fawcett.
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Fantastic views to take in on a good clear day (photo a). Walking is the only real activity here.
For walkers this is moderate. For divers it's tough getting here (photo b). But she has been dived (photo c).

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

How to get here
Driving along the A595 between Whitehaven and Ravenglass the road sign you are looking for is the Gosforth sign. Take the road to Gosforth.

If you need any supplies on the way, pick them up at Gosforth village. Food is on the right, and toilets are on the left along with the public phone (circa 3 or 4 miles away from dive site). Oh, you might have noticed in the triangular square area you drove through - three pubs all facing each other on opposite sides of the road. A good place to fill in those log books after your dive. Pub crawls have a different meaning in this part of the world when they are in staggering distance of each other but don't worry, no one gets that bad here.

Carry on following this road until after a few miles of undulating road you come down to the lake. As you drop down to the lake you will come upon the Greendale signpost with Wasdale, Stanton Bridge etc to the right and Wasdale Head to the left. Go left and pull off at either the first, second or third lay-by. Note that these can be easily missed because only rocks are used to mark the fact they are there.

Detailed Information for Divers

Main Attraction
This is a remote tarn that that has only been dived once in July 1980.
Full credits for Photos and Dive report details go to Barry Graham and Robin Fawcett. Well done!

Viewing Freshwater Life
I have the distinct feeling that this tarn will hold some interesting creatures in it but no one has reported any to date.

Dive Planning Help
No Permission is required.
Location NY158-103.
Due to the distance (3 miles) and a climb, it is tough going to reach the tarn kitted up and on foot. Do not wear your suit at this stage - carry it. If worn, chances are you'll stumble and rip it. You will need help carrying gear. Check out the pictures to see how others have done it.
Map of Scoat tarn click to dive Scoat tarn
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Permission Not Required for this dive.
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 Diving Club: 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 602 metres. Maximum depth is circa 15.2 metres.
During summer
Visibility: 7 metres
Temperature range: 7 - 8c.
During winter
Visibility: 10 metres.
Temperature range: 4 - 5c
Torches: The tarn is clear but very chilly during winter.
Thermoclines: non observed.
If new to freshwater diving: there are plenty of other tarns to choose that are more accessible.
Communication intel
phone icon Mobile phone operation in the dive area is not known. So test your mobile for signal strength. You may be unlucky with your service provider.
phone icon Public phones: nearest is at Wasdale Head Inn.
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: Wasdale Head Inn, after that its the nearest large rock I'm afraid.
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