Watendlath
photo of bird life and ice dive on Watendlaith tarn
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General Description
This is a local beauty spot.
A Tea room with outside seating is a god send including sticky buns etc. Food for the ducks can also be purchased here. (Keeps the kids happy)
There are also many warnings about dogs without leads and kids chasing the privately owned ducks are strongly not recommended because buck shot may strike those who do allow this activity. Please watch the kids.

Although this area is under the protection of The National Trust it is the farmer at this site who allows or disallows diving, fishing or any other sport on HIS land and in his tarn.

For those with other Interests
For Angling. You'll pay a fee to the farmer with rowing boats are available only for anglers.

Places to Stay
Nothing up here, but in Keswick there are all types and lots of them.
Try "Stay.co.uk" or alternatively check some of these links > Hotels and Guest Houses Youth Hostels for Families etc.

For more details use one of the links here. Simply enter the name of this lake, village or town into the web site search window that appears. Hotels and Guest Houses Youth Hostels for Families etc

How to get here
Go to Keswick and follow signs to Borrowdale (B5289). As you drive down the side of Derwent Water you will see signs to Ashness Bridge, once you have driven over Ashness Bridge keep on that road (it's the only one there is) and keep going until the road ends.
Detailed Information for Divers

Main Attraction
Is diving a tarn at altitude and especially during winter when this site becomes an ice dive.

Viewing Freshwater Life
There should be Trout, eels, and perch though I have not seen any in the tarn.

Dive Planning Help
Anyone wishing to dive this tarn will need to inform the farmer prior to diving. He will then phone you back with a yes or no. Webmaster Paul has the gentleman's phone number and will release this on e-mail request.
Disabled divers will find the tarn offers ideal access to the shoreline, no drops, steps etc. The viz may be of concern during summer so maybe wait for a good down pour of rain to kill off some algae in this small confined tarn.
Map of Watendlath tarn click to check out Dock tarn click to check out Blea tarn click to dive Watendlath Tarn
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Private Property
Permission is required from "Head Farm" for Angling and Diving. Tel 01768777362

Disabled divers will find access is easy.
Ramblers and fell walkers will have a wonderful day!
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.
Altitude, Visibility, Temperature, Torches
Altitude and Depth:
Lake Altitude at 1125 feet (300 metres) with a depth of 20 metres.
The good news is that all roads lead downhill from this tarn, however, please be advised that you should avoid the B5289 heading for Buttermere, this route would take you over Honister Pass with an altitude of 1335 feet (356 metres).
During summer
Visibility: 2 + metres.
Temperature range is 13 to 14 degrees Celsius.
During winter
Visibility: improves to 4 + metres.
Temperature range is 3 - 4 degrees above zero.
Torches: are required during summer due to algae.
Thermoclines: None observed.
If new to freshwater diving: this is a near ideal introduction to the lakes with good visibility and easy access for the disabled along the last three southern lay-by's. Lakebed is of medium silt.
Communication intel
phone icon Mobile phones do work in the dive area. Test for reception quality, but they all appear to work fine here.
phone icon Public phones: In the cafe some 100 metres from this tarn.
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: In Watendlath cafe if open when you arrive otherwise it's a long bumpy drive back to Keswick. Although there are toilets some 400 yards away if you turn left at the bottom of the road instead of going to Keswick. These are a white toilet block on the right hand side of the road.

The local's are very friendly people, but not friendly towards disrespectful visitors who litter the place or chase the ornate and expensive breeds of duck kept here as pets.
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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