photo of the Pooley Bridge dive site on Ullswater
Site 3: Pooley Bridge Pier
How to get here
Just out of Pooley Bridge village on the B592.

There is only one place to park at this site and that is in the Pooley Bridge pier lay-by.
Only three cars can get in here, and then it has to be when the ferries are not running because the ferry company have minibusses and other authorised vehicles accessing this point for fuel oil.

One of the three piers operated by the Ullswater Navigation Company on Ullswater (photo a). The other two are at Glenridding and Howtown. The Pooley Bridge pier is some 150 metres away from any main car park. Gentle sloping lakebed of soft silt. Popular with anglers and for those rambling there are walks near-by. The tourist information office is in Pooley Bridge. Maximum depth at this site is 10 metres.

The Dive
a) Fin along the pier and enjoy the fish life as you pass them by (photo b).

You are now heading straight out and up the lake, within minutes you will come up against some head butting telegraph poles strewn around at varying angles (photo c), clear these and its plain finning to a depth of 10 metres forever.

b) Head over to the left shore and follow along until you reach the boat moorings. Enjoy a ratch for tools, outboard motors and the like in this undulating area. Lots of eels.

Hazards to Divers
Three wooden pier supports from work carried out in 1997 are now lying at varying acute angles waiting to head-butt the unwary diver! Visibility is just 2 metres during the summer so there is every likely-hood that at least one of these poles will smack you in the mask.

The lakebed was used as a dumping ground. Broken glass is everywhere, buried under silt. Some good ginger beer bottles have been found here. During the gun amnesty in the last war, police rowed out and dump weapons and ammunition here too. No guns remain and local divers had their "finds" confiscated.

General Note: Due to Health and Safety Insurance issues, the Ferry companies in the lake district are NOT now allowed to give divers permission to dive in the vacininty of any operational Piers.
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Diving at Pooley Bridge by Freshwaterdiver

Ullswater: Pooley Bridge, 10 metres. With deepest respects to you Steve,
sadly we never managed to hook up for that dive, freshwaterdiver.

Graphical Temperature Range fro Ullswater

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